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The Religious Antidote

From the Aug/Sept 2011 Print Edition

Imagine that a systematic review of the sociology literature found that, in 247 of 273 relevant studies, increasing religiosity was connected with increasing crime or delinquency. It is hard to imagine that findings like this would go unnoticed; more likely they would appear on the front page of . . . . Continue Reading »

Counting China’s Christians

From the May 2011 Print Edition

Through much of the twentieth century, it was widely believed among Western intellectuals that the Chinese were immune to religion”an immunity that long preceded the communist rise to power. When, in 1934, Edgar Snow quipped that “in China, opium is the religion of the people,” many academic . . . . Continue Reading »