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Research Article

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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Daily bread.... on earth as it is in Heaven

Posted by jacktidwell on 11 Jan 2013 at 15:14 GMT

Those of us who did not get much further than the Lord's Prayer in our training may be somewhat crippled by the fact that there is a heavy accentuation of the positive..... except now we seem to be discovering that what we thought was positive is now negative.

Take grains for instance. Bread (grains) from divided loaves handed out FOR FREE by the Lord himself is leading to obesity, diabetes, and many other self-made ills. And then there is the lack of reminding in the Lord's Prayer that Hell looms.

Perhaps all this religious soft sell is getting us into a trouble on Earth that could have been avoided by more disciplinary reminders from teaching about a God of Justice and Truth.

As to the study, to be perfectly honest, I thought it was going to be a diatribe about 72 Virgins and its effects upon what Muslims are willing to do to get them.... and then that to be followed by descriptions of what is done to women who get out of hand.

Thanks for not going there.

May God forgive me.

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