SOC 220 Week 3 Discussion 1

SOC 220 Week 3 Discussion 1


Those practicing criminal deviance have a negative impact on society. The sociologist with this worldview would first evaluate the historical solutions to the issue of criminal deviance. The historical solutions used: social deviance, subcultures, and societal factors. Currently, the sociologist will examine the crime rates in this country and compare it to previous criminal statistics. The subcultures that are currently affecting criminal statistics are: gangs, drug crimes, and white collar crimes. Their view is that family structure has declined greatly because of social deviance, subcultures and societal factors. They feel that if we were able to restore family structure or bring back the traditional family it would help resolve the high rate of criminal deviance.

The Christian worldview offers hope of restoration to our families, communities, and societies through the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. This theology, based on the Bible’s answers to how these things came about and how they may be resolved through following the New Testament commands and teachings of Jesus, has been growing in application since its beginning 2000 years ago. The biblical view Christ died for our sins and was resurrected to give us eternal life, do away with our death because we accept his offer, and enables restoration with God by placing our faith in Him and continuing to follow His teachings will bring transformation of individuals, families, society and government. As we cling to God’s promises for forgiveness of our sins, we will not only receive these benefits for ourselves but scatter His blessing on those around us. Thus far there have been few people on earth other than those made perfect by God Himself who have been totally free from all kinds of sin including social deviance; however, healing is available through the New Testament promise that when we come to Christ He removes all sins from us. We eliminate any desire to carry out sin now or in the future because He fulfills all the rights given by God. GCU acknowledges that this justification comes through faith alone (s

The Christian worldview of a sociology professor at Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers the solution to social deviance. A sociologist observing a recently released prisoner sees a unique opportunity to teach others about Biblical rehabilitation. After having spent time studying Biblical principles of restoration and taking his own life experiences into consideration, this sociologist teaches in three main areas: mentoring the student at GCU, mentoring the prisoner in jail, and mentoring fellow professors for social justice. The third area of mentoring other professors is an important factor because it creates an environment in which faculty are companions and share in vision with him. This process is really critical to laying the groundwork for Biblical rehabilitation.

Our GCU Statement on the Integration of Faith and Work guides our faculty and students as they complete their degrees. The GCU community is committed to integrating biblical principles into every aspect of the learning experience, and this document states that we “Believe in the sanctity of human life, irrespective of age or developmental stage” for one reason: no human who has God’s image in them is outside the mandate of God to redeem.

The development of social deviance and criminal behavior is an issue that has plagued societies for centuries. To try to address the issue, various solutions, including historical solutions to controlling deviance and modern police methods, have been implemented. The three historical solutions to controlling criminal deviance that have proven to be effective are imprisonment, rehabilitation, and public display.

The GCU Statement on the Integration of Faith and Work is an opportunity for Grand Canyon University to outline its beliefs and expectations in relation to employment. The document promotes faith driven, socially responsible behavior on the part of all GCU employees, stating that in order to have a successful integration between faith and work the institution must be transformed by God the Holy Spirit. It proposes that ‘a healthy family is the cornerstone of any society’.{1}

With the increasing presence of social deviance in society comes an increase in criminal activity. Without control, this may cause crime to grow rampant through society. In order to keep a tight rein on criminal activity, it is essential to understand the values and norms of law abiding citizens who will be aiding in the solution to their respective communities’. Understanding the ways in which social deviance can be kept to a minimal allows for societies to better identify possible areas at risk so that such issues can be addressed and resolved before they can naturally spread throughout the community.

God’s given vocation to all people is to steward the world, its creation and its creatures. No one is excluded from this calling, and those with particular vocations actively apply their skills, talents, education and resources to God’s purpose: to care for the needs of others, provide for their wants, and further His Kingdom in Christ. Unfulfilled desire for God’s enjoyment of His world leads people to make improper choices that harm themselves as well as others. The call of every Christian is to restore this right relationship by praising God in every aspect of life and work, encouraging others to do likewise while refraining from all forms of social deviance.

It is important for a Christian who works with the public to be able to identify the leading philosophies and ideologies that are impacting the communities, neighborhoods, and institutions in which he or she works. While there are many ideologies affecting our world today, we must always be cognizant of the impact of sin on individuals, families, societies, and cultures.

The goal of criminology is to understand why people commit deviant acts. Sociologists, who study social structure and social organization, have looked at explanations of deviance in various ways. Their research has led to the conclusion that criminals are not born but are formed by their social environments; they are a product of the society in which they live.





Access and view the “GCU Statement on the Integration of Faith and Work” document. GCU believes that the Christian worldview offers the hope of restoration of families, communities, and societies. How would a sociologist with this worldview explain the influence and impact of social deviance on society? What would their possible solutions to social deviance be? What historical solutions to control criminal deviance have been applied? Evaluate the results: Have they been effective or not? Explain your answer. 

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