Why criminologists should study theology

R. Sarre

University of South Australia, rick.sarre@unisa.edu.au

This paper develops the argument that the criminological enterprise has been well-served by cross-disciplinary endeavours. Typically, these disciplines include sociology, psychology, law, political science, history, education and cultural studies. This paper explores adding theology to the list, for theological enquiries and exposures can be very valuable for criminologists, not only in relation to questions of causality, but with respect to crime prevention and effective public responses to religiously-motivated criminal conduct and anti-social behaviours.


Rick teaches criminology at the law school of the University of South Australia.


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