I’m Reading: More God, Less Crime

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.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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