7 Deadly Sins – a Geography

Forbidden Fruit Thanks to Wired Magazine for this infographic, which they got from a research team at Kansas State. It maps prevalence of the 7deadly sins in the United States. I had a few random thoughts when I saw this:

1) Who would want to live in Florida?

2) Why doesn't anyone live in Big Sky country?

3) I have a hunch we are a bit more gluttonous than the graph shows. Poor Texas 🙂

4) What if a map like this were drawn of the church on a Sunday morning and projected on the screens? That would be interesting 🙂

5) Would a map like this of a given city be of help to churches in trying to minister to the community, and would churches use them constructively or destructively?

6) Maybe there is a link between warm weather and sin 🙂

7) There are a lot of places that need Jesus. In fact, all of them do.

If one reads closely, methodology may be is a bit shaky here, but it's an interesting concept. 

Any thoughts?


Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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5 thoughts on “7 Deadly Sins – a Geography

  1. tim, on that last point, one of my college poli sci profs told me that nashville had the highest per capita concentration of churches & adult bookstores. no clue if this is true, but i was shocked by all the billboards for the latter posted along the interstate on the drive here.

  2. There may be something to it…or you could look at methodology. For instance, if STDs are the grid you’re using for lust, that might yield a different result than if one used prostitution or some other criterion. If there is something to it, though, we should be concerned.

  3. Why does the incidence of these sins seem to be greater in the regions with the highest concentration of Christians? Is it more than just warm weather? Should we be concerned?