1. Standard memberwoodypusher
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    14 Aug '13 18:24
    http://backyardskeptics.com/wordpress/proof-that-atheists-are-more-moral-than-christians/
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    14 Aug '13 19:072 edits
    Originally posted by woodypusher
    http://backyardskeptics.com/wordpress/proof-that-atheists-are-more-moral-than-christians/
    I think I need to point out, that some of the most dishonest people, are atheists posing as Christians, so they would get placed in the wrong category in your study.
    This would be especially true in countries/regions where atheism is in the minority or discriminated against in some way.

    Far better to qualify you claim as:
    People who claim to be atheist, are more moral than people claiming to be Christian.
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    14 Aug '13 19:29
    I'm also not sure that it's in any way relevant.

    Those studies I have seen show only very minor differences.
    Typically within statistical margins of error, even without any flaws in the study methodology.

    Usually the point of them is to counter claims by Christians, or other theists, that atheists
    are inherently less moral.

    Which those studies handily disprove.

    Beyond that they really don't mean a whole lot.
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    14 Aug '13 21:36
    Originally posted by woodypusher
    http://backyardskeptics.com/wordpress/proof-that-atheists-are-more-moral-than-christians/
    Given that some theists on here have stated that it is their religion that
    stops them from doing immoral acts (including killing) I am not surprised.
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    15 Aug '13 05:18
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    Given that some theists on here have stated that it is their religion that
    stops them from doing immoral acts (including killing) I am not surprised.
    Actually I think you will find they almost always phrase it differently, ie they believe religion stops other people from doing immoral acts.
    Evolution has hardwired us to actively try to persuade other people to act morally. Our whole sense of justice, feelings of revenge, legal system etc are all to do with this, and religion is often used for the same purpose.
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