National Survey of Congregations’ Fear of and Preparation for Crime
Faith / Fear / Risk

National Survey of Congregations’ Fear of and Preparation for Crime

In my haste to get a post up yesterday about the safety and security threats faced by congregations, I neglected to address two important findings from Christopher Scheitle’s recent article based on a national survey of congregations: Religious Congregations’ Experiences with, Fears of, and Preparations for Crime: Results from a National Survey. I dealt only … Continue reading

What are the Major Safety and Security Threats Faced by Religious Congregations?
Faith / Fear / Risk

What are the Major Safety and Security Threats Faced by Religious Congregations?

I concluded my post on Jeff Kowell’s view of church security as ministry by highlighting his point that very little church security involves any physical intervention at all, armed or unarmed. And, yet, church security is often treated just as a variant of armed security in general, especially as concerns “active shooter interdiction.” So, in … Continue reading

Atrocious Study of Social Gun Culture Undermines Credibility of Public Health Research on Guns
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Atrocious Study of Social Gun Culture Undermines Credibility of Public Health Research on Guns

I was interested to learn recently about the SOUL Study — SOUL here standing for SOial gUn cuLture. The terrible acronym here, unfortunately, is matched by the poor quality of the survey being fielded. Although I am particularly sensitive to those who say they are studying American gun culture, here I think an objective analysis … Continue reading