Dr. Amber Debono, WSSU assistant professor of Psychology, recently participated in a study examining the question of whether or not the belief in God’s mercy in some way contributes to high crime rates around the world. The fascinating study is published in the June 2012 edition of the New Scientist.
Our research indicates that, compared to the far past in which God was mostly feared, the recent trend to view God as loving and forgiving may cause Christians to act immorally,” said Debono. “These findings suggest that religious beliefs can impact our everyday behavior and choices in life. Until recently, psychology has largely ignored the impact of religion on people’s everyday lives. We hope our research will encourage other psychological researchers to explore the impact of religion on human behavior.”