Bo Lozoff together with Ram Dass founded the Prison Ashram Project and has visited more than 1100 prisons showing prisoners that they can be inwardly free. He estimates that 80% of the convicts he has met should not be in prison. He wrote the book We are all doing Time which I can recommend highly. The following is one of his pieces made famous because Paul Harvey read it over the air. It’s a fine message to the religious about being spiritual instead.
When I was an evacuee during WWII I lived with many sets of foster parents who included Congregationalists, Baptists, Methodists, Church of England, Plymouth Brethen and a few other very minor Christian cults. Half of the families were convinced that the English version of the Bible that they used was literally true. All of it. I even suspected that some of them thought that Jesus had existed, for the personal benefit of their trifling sins, and spoke English.