December 23, 2009 4:56 PM
Blogger Rod Swift said...
As *the* Rod Swift who gathered the data I can verify that adherents.com has completely misrepresented the data that was presented to me by the US Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The fact is that, yes, the data table provided contained an 'unknown' factor. This is because some prisons do not survey prisoners for data about religion. This is why the original table excluded these individuals.
The data is valid, and has been statistically emulated by surveys of prisoners in other nations -- like the UK -- which found the rate of offence for atheists is far lower than that of other groups.
My response to him:
December 28, 2009 6:46 AM
Blogger Metacrock said...
I'll give you the benefit of a doubt and not accuse you of lying. I withdraw (conditionally) my accusation. you may be mistaken. you may be lying, I will find out. But in the mean time I'll accept your statement that you are blameless.
Adherents.com is not a Christian apologetic site. they have no real motive for saying that. They have professional demographers so it's not likely they made the mistake. I will try to contact them and get to the bottom of it.
In all fairness to you I will put this on the website.
I want to be fair and seek the truth. I know the accusation that Christians are more likely to go to prison is idiotic. I notice he doesn't respond to any other arguments such as the parole argument or the sociologists saying that his methodology sux. In fairness to him its his word against adheret.com. I'm going to check into it. There are four possiblities
(1) he's lying (since he says he's not I'll suspend that suspicion--innocent until proved guilty and all that)
(2) He is mistaken, so his data in error for some reason but he didn't intentionally deceive.
(3)he's right and his data is right
(4) both sets of data of data are wrong.
We shall see.