Although Tom Rees questions the methodology, I thought this intriguing and noteworthy nonetheless:
The result, shown in the figure, shows a clear relationship. Crime rates are lowest in nations where equal numbers of people believe in both heaven and hell.
As belief in hell drops away, so that more people believe in heaven but not in hell, crime rates go up.
Now, if you look at the figure closely, you will see that there are some trends here – poor Muslim countries have high belief in hell and low crime rates, while wealthy Christian nations have low belief in hell and high crime rates.
Tags: Religion Society