Herein is a quick video response as well as a longer lecture to some of the old clichés I have heard in many debates over the years. These "challenges" are often said without reflection and introspection into the validity of the argument at hand. Hopefully the reader will get spurned on to buy a book about this very topic… I recommend the links to the books below, as, they are conservative views on psychology which is the opposite to what students are taught in the colleges and universities.
A good short response to some “Informal Fallacies” by the new atheists:
Below is a snippet from a previous blog entitled Religions Positive Influence:
Social Scientists Agree:
Religious Belief Reduces Crime Summary of the First Panel Discussion Panelists for this important discussion included social scientists Dr. John DiIulio, professor of politics and urban affairs at Princeton University; David Larson, M.D., President of the National Institute for Healthcare Research; Dr. Byron Johnson, Director of the Center for Crime and Justice Policy at Vanderbilt University; and Gary Walker, President of Public/Private Ventures. The panel focused on new research, confirming the positive effects that religiosity has on turning around the lives of youth at risk.
Dr. Larson laid the foundation for the discussion by summarizing the findings of 400 studies on juvenile delinquency, conducted during the past two decades. He believes that although more research is needed, we can say without a doubt that religion makes a positive contribution.
His conclusion: “The better we study religion, the more we find it makes a difference.” Previewing his own impressive research, Dr. Johnson agreed. He has concluded that church attendance reduces delinquency among boys even when controlling for a number of other factors including age, family structure, family size, and welfare status. His findings held equally valid for young men of all races and ethnicities.
Gary Walker has spent 25 years designing, developing and evaluating many of the nation’s largest public and philanthropic initiatives for at-risk youth. His experience tells him that faith-based programs are vitally important for two reasons. First, government programs seldom have any lasting positive effect. While the government might be able to design [secular/non-God] programs that occupy time, these programs, in the long-term, rarely succeed in bringing about the behavioral changes needed to turn kids away from crime. Second, faith-based programs are rooted in building strong adult-youth relationships; and less concerned with training, schooling, and providing services, which don’t have the same direct impact on individual behavior. Successful mentoring,
Now let’s look at a more supported thesis, one from a study of history and logic. I would recommend this professor’s books highly… which will be listed at the end of these two audio lectures:
This lecture is by Paul C. Vitz (website), he is the author of many well written epitomes (Amazon.com), of which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed (of which are pictured throughout this post). ALSO!, the image below links directly to a Paul Vitz book entitled…