Does religion have the power to regulate human behavior? If so, under what conditions can it prevent crime, delinquency, suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse, or joining cults? Despite the fact that ordinary citizens assume religion deters deviant behavior, there has been little systematic scientific research on these crucial questions. This book is the first comprehensive analysis, drawing on a wide range of historical and contemporary data, and written in a style that will appeal to readers from many intellectual backgrounds.

part |2 pages

Part 1 / Religion and Deviance

chapter 2|20 pages

Religion and Suicide

chapter 3|22 pages

Durkheim's Suicide: An Inquest

chapter 4|14 pages

Rediscovering Moral Communities

chapter 5|14 pages

Religion as Context: Saving a "Lost Cause"

chapter 6|20 pages

Drugs and Alcohol

part |2 pages

Part 2 / Religion as Deviance

chapter 7|26 pages

Religious Cults

chapter 8|28 pages

Religion and Mental Illness

chapter 9|26 pages

Social Control in Utopian Communities