The infamous Gregory S. Paul study rears its disreputable head once again. When, oh when, oh when will this lousy research die its proper death? But here it is once again, on the Washington Post website, of all places!
How often do we hear from religious apologists that lack of religious belief is responsible for a gamut of social ills, from alcoholism to family breakdown and from sexually transmitted diseases to crime (claims that fly in the face of the facts, as it happens, since research demonstrates a clear correlation between religiosity and a whole host of social ills)?[From Spirituality: It’s only human! – – The Washington Post]
Some of the best work on this study was done by my old Internet friend Scott Gilbreath, a Canadian statistician whose website sadly has gone dark. But there is still this:
- http://moses.creighton.edu/jrs/2006/2006-1.html (Paul’s “study” debunked in the same journal in which it was was published)
- http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=18-10-061-r (in which George Gallup Jr. explains how little Gregory S. Paul knows about social research)
That ought to be sufficient.
Hat Tip to Carson Weitnauer.