This is the title of a recent article by Gwynne Dyer in The Japan Times Online. It is the type of article that totally depresses me. Now I know statistics can be used to prove almost anything, but it is compelling stuff. Ms. Dyer is discussing a study that linked high rates of belief in God or religion with high rates of crime and other morally deprived actions specifically in the US. As a big fan of God (despite my struggles) and a big fan of my country (despite it’s many issues) I hate for statements like this to be made. What’s more I’d hate to think that I in some way was a contributor to the moral depravity of this God fearing country. Must be that guilt kicking in again. 😉 How can I reconcile this?
Does religion do more harm than good?