More God, Less Crime: Why Faith Matters and How It Could Matter More
By Byron R. Johnson
This book, by a renowned professor at Baylor, makes the (to my mind, at least) uncontroversial case that faith can and does bring down the crime rate by changing hearts. (Chuck Colson has been saying this for years.) It stands to reason, doesn’t it? Those who vow to live for God and practice the Golden Rule will probably not get into the kind of trouble that pure selfishness engenders. I’m interested in seeing whether Johnson finds any differences in this regard between Christianity and other religions. Muslims, after all, have a big recruiting drive going on in American prisons, and many of their converts are the militant kind.