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George Gallup on Gregory S. Paul

John on December 30, 2005 at 7:43 pm

Touchstone magazine has published a more thorough response by George Gallup to Gregory S. Paul’s study on the correlation between religiosity and societal health. We wrote about the study here.

We’re glad to see that friend and fellow blogger Scott Gilbreath was quoted by Mr. Gallup. Scott is a statistician (hence his blog: Magic Statistics) and was one of the first blogs to attempt to deal with Mr. Paul’s study. Congrats, Scott.

You’ll want to read the whole thing, but here’s a taste of the Gallup response:

[A] mountain of survey data from the Gallup and other survey organizations shows that when educational background and other variables are held constant, persons who are “highly spiritually committed” are far less likely to engage in antisocial behavior than those less committed. They have lower rates of crime, excessive alcohol use, and drug addiction than other groups.

As we noted here, Mr. Paul continues to take his show on the road. Others are now relying on his ”research.” Mr. Paul claims that no one has refuted one iota of his study. Let’s see what he says in response to Mr. Gallup. I’m betting he keeps right on pretending the study is solid. What has he got to lose? His reputation as a professional?

As I said earlier, we’re witnessing the birth of an atheist urban legend.

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