The impact of Christianity on colonial American settlements
By: Teleios Research
Most recently Teleios compared Native American tribes versus the closest geographical settlement of American colonists to determine societal structure that would potentially affect wellbeing.
Teleios included 30 pairs of native tribes and colonial settlements between the years 1620 and 1717. Each comparison was initiated at the year when tensions begin between the settlements.
This study found that for government structure all tribes and colonial settlements had an identified leader in each case (P=1.0). However, colonial settlements more often possessed an associated bureaucracy to help administrate the region (P<0.001)
Colonists more often were better organized for defense than the native tribes, including: palisaded cities, ranger type units, militia units or national military (P<0.001)
Also, Teleios noted that the Christian religion among the colonies in each case encouraged peace whereas the tribal religion was less likely to discourage conflict (P<0.001)
Dr. William C. Stewart, Co-founder of Teleios, stated "Our study suggests that a society based in biblical principles more often is associated with use of restraint in conflict resolution, peace between Christian communities, while building a society that creates positive institutions for its people. Our study adds to the growing evidence of the utility of Christianity to societies now and historically."
Other findings from Teleios Research are on their website (http://www.teleiosresearch.com/
WC Stewart, AE Maier, JA Stewart, LA Nelson
About Teleios - Teleios is a non-profit foundation that seeks to demonstrate the truth of scripture and the Christian faith through the scientific method.
Lindsay Nelson - Teleios Research