Thursday, June 21, 2012
Belief in heaven linked to more crime according to study
Why might this be the case? Churches don't generally advocate criminal behavior.
One possible answer might be found in the apocalyptic Christian attitude that we don't need to take care of the planet because the Rapture is coming soon. Religious faith allows people to care less about the environment than they would absent a belief in God.
Maybe this idea bleeds over into taking care of other people. If a person steals from or even kills another person, the belief that everything will be made right in heaven might make the act more palatable.