January 22, 2007

by Reb Yudel
Of Faith and Works

Over at God School, Christian missionary -- and one-time ubergeek -- Simon Cozens muses on the transformative power of the Gospel... and then dares crunch the numbers:
I came across an idea when I was at WEC which seems enticing; that Christian witness should not just transform lives but have a transformative effect on society as a whole. Crime rates would fall, marriages would stay together, education would improve, all because there were active Christians witnessing in the area. It's a good idea, but with the new nenkan coming out, I decided to do a little bit of thinking.

According to the nenkan, there were 2.5m crimes in Japan in 2004, so about 20 per 1000 population. This is in a country which has a Christian population of between 0.5% and 3% depending on who's counting. According to this site, the equivalent crime rate in America for 2004 is 40 crimes per 1000 population, in a country where between about 50% and 80% consider themselves Protestant.

So much for that theory, then.

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