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Fundamental Violence: Protestant Fundamentalism and Violent Crime

November 11, 2013 Gary Potter 3

Criminology in the United States has been obsessed since its inception with the question of what causes crime, particularly violent crime. Research studies have examined almost every possible variable the human mind can imagine in its compulsive search for the “magic bullet.” Broken homes, alcohol consumption, levels of attachment to conventional social institutions, sugar consumption, body type and the slope of one’s forehead have been multiply regressed into irrelevance.