https://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeters ... ement.html
I offer three more items from Paul McFate, 52 Good Reasons to Go to Church, Besides the Obvious Ones (Chicago: ACTA Publications, 2004) — a little book or booklet that I commend to you (though it may be hard to find). Every single one of the three has been officially board-certified as appropriate for inclusion in your Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File:
Reduced Delinquency (page 56) — A study of 817 high school students that was published in 1985 found that, as religious activity decreased, serious delinquent behavior, aggression, theft, and vandalism all increased. Frequency of church attendance had a direct behavioral impact. Moreover, according to a 1970 study of 21,720 junior high school and high school students, the positive effect of religious involvement may be significantly enhanced if both parents belong to the same church and both attend regularly. [C. W. Peck, E. W. Curry, and H. P. Chalfant, “Religiosity and Delinquency Over Time: Deviance Deterrence and Deviance Amplification,” Social Science Quarterly 66 (1985): 120-131; A. L. Rhodes and A. J. Reiss, “The ‘Religious Factor’ and Delinquent Behavior,” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 7 (1970): 83-98)]
Of course, Peterson doesn’t cite the context of this faith-promoting survey from 1970, so allow me...
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.117 ... 7000700108
A multivariate model that assumes the effects of religious orientation and attendance for adolescents and their families, the occupational status of the family, and the age and family structure of adolescents are additive is employed to test the effect of religion on delinquent and truant behavior. The test shows that the life chances of being a delinquent or truant depend upon the religious orientation and participation of adolescents and their families. Jews and nonfundamental Protestants have the lowest delinquency rates while subjects with no church affili ation have the highest rates. A higher than expected rate for male Roman Catholics, however, remains unexplained.
A test for the additive properties of the model was limited to examining the rates of court recorded delinquency for white males. While several tests indicate that the effects of the inde pendent variables on delinquency are not altogether additive, the model gives a first approximation to the actual measures of religious orientation and delinquency or truancy. Further work on the relationship of religious factors to deviant behavior is discouraged unless more refined measures of religious orientation and of the quality of religious commitment and participation are secured.