A Sociologist study shows that youth who consider themselves ‘spiritual’ rather than ‘religious’ are more likely to commit crimes than those who identify themselves as ‘religious’.
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/08/2013 -- According to a new study by Baylor University researchers, scientists looked at four different categories of young adults: “spiritual and religious”, “religious but not spiritual” “spiritual but not religious” and those who say they are neither spiritual or religious.
An interesting find of the study was that young adults who listed themselves as “spiritual but not religious” were more likely to commit property crimes and less extent violent ones than those who said they were neither spiritual or religious. However, when it came to very violent crimes, such as battery, there was no difference found in the two groups.
According to Sung Joon Jang, an associate professor of sociology at Baylor College and an author of the study, the notion of being spiritual but not associated with organized religion is becoming increasingly popular, so the purpose of the study was to find how it is different from being religious.
Until the 20th century, the terms “spiritual” and “religious” were used interchangeably, and the scientists noted in their final draft that previous research indicated that people who listed themselves as religious had lower levels of crimes and sinful deviance, or norm-violating behavior.
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