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.
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.