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Divergent Effects of Beliefs in Heaven and Hell on National Crime Rates

  • Azim F. Shariff mail,

    shariff@uoregon.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, United States of America

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  • Mijke Rhemtulla

    Affiliation: Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Published: June 18, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039048

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Media Coverage of This Article

Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 22 Jun 2012 at 23:48 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Christian Today
Title: “Belief in hell linked to crime rates | Christian News on Christian Today”
http://www.christiantoday...

Publication: Daily Mail
Title: “Hell beats heaven as divine law enforcer as fear of eternal damnation keeps crime rates down | Mail Online”
http://www.dailymail.co.u...

Publication: Huffington Post
Title: “Belief In Hell Lowers Crime Rate, According To International Study”
http://www.huffingtonpost...

Publication: i09
Title: “Belief in an angry God is the strongest predictor of a country's crime rate”
http://io9.com/5919873/be...

Publication: Journal Sentinel
Title: “Threat of hell linked to lower crime, study says - JSOnline”
http://www.jsonline.com/b...

Publication: Medical Daily
Title: “Belief in Hell Predicts a Country's Crime Rates More Accurately Than Other Social or Economic Factors - Medical Daily”
http://www.medicaldaily.c...

Publication: Oregon Live
Title: “Belief in hell better predictor of crime than promise of heaven, UO professor finds | OregonLive.com”
http://www.oregonlive.com...

Publication: The Telegraph
Title: “Eternal damnation, the punishment that truly deters criminals - Telegraph”
http://www.telegraph.co.u...

Publication: University of Oregon
Title: “Belief in hell, according to international data, is associated with reduced crime | Media Relations”
http://uonews.uoregon.edu...

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RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 29 Jun 2012 at 17:18 GMT

The following articles represent some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: New Scientist
Title: “Is God's mercy to blame for high crime rates? - science-in-society - 22 June 2012 - New Scientist”
http://www.newscientist.c...

Publication: National Catholic Register
Title: “Science: People Who Believe in Heaven More Likely to Commit Crime? |Blogs | NCRegister.com”
http://www.ncregister.com...

Publication: Christian Today Australia
Title: “New study: belief in hell reduces crime, forgiving saviour increases crime”
http://au.christiantoday....

Publication: The Globe and Mail
Title: “Heaven help us? Crime rates higher in countries that believe in 'supernatural benevolence' - The Globe and Mail”
http://www.theglobeandmai...

Publication: Futurity
Title: “Futurity.org - Belief in hell may cut crime”
http://www.futurity.org/s...

Publication: CBS Seattle
Title: “Study Finds People Who Believe In Heaven Commit More Crimes - CBS Seattle”
http://seattle.cbslocal.c...

Publication: Mail Online
Title: “Why criminals believe in heaven: Study finds crime rates vary according to religious beliefs | Mail Online”
http://www.dailymail.co.u...

Publication: The Telegraph
Title: “A little more punishment could mean a lot less crime - Telegraph”
http://www.telegraph.co.u...

Publication: Allvoices
Title: “Study says higher crime rates likely in societies where people don't believe in punishment in afterlife”
http://www.allvoices.com/...

Publication: University of Oxford Practical Ethics
Title: “Let's get rid of Heaven, Hell is what we need! (?) | Practical Ethics”
http://blog.practicalethi...

Publication: World Science.net
Title: “Religion: It's the Hell part that makes us behave, study finds”
http://www.world-science....

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RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 10 Aug 2012 at 21:41 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Reason.com
Title: “Belief in Hell Makes People Act Better: Heaven Not So Much - Hit & Run : Reason.com”
http://reason.com/blog/20...

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