If someone has already posted this, sorry for the repeated info.
The article boils down to this:
"When researchers ask people to report on their own behaviors and attitudes, religious individuals claim to be more altruistic, compassionate, honest, civic and charitable than nonreligious ones. Even among twins, more religious siblings describe themselves are being more generous.
But when we look at actual behavior, these differences are nowhere to be found."
I didn't need a study to know this!
There seems to be a form of the Dunning-Krueger effect in place here. The more self righteous you are, the less righteous you are and the less you can see how evil you really are. Perhaps we all start out with blinders on and it takes study, learning, and real experience to lose them.
What else should one expect; more moral, nicer, more generous, more 'loving, more peaceful and more BS. They have demonstrated how they truly act over and over throughout the years. Open any history book and one will clearly see where religion and its puppets fall in the 'more' category.
This does not surprise me. What I find most interesting is that when I offer to help, people often wonder what is my motive. It is just my nature to try to help when I see the need and am in a position to help. I do not understand this mistrust at all.
I met a calvary chapel Navy veteran Christian at the park the other day.
His wife had recently died of stage four cancer of some kind and he's on an oxygen bottle.
He was told his heart and lungs were in such bad condition that he only had two years left, that was seven years ago.
He had seen me parked there so often the last couple of years that he came over to talk with me, and watch me smoke with fascination since he had had to give up smoking seven years ago. He even confessed that me smoking was why he had came over when I offered to put it out, and insisted that I continue.
Harry has a brother in law that's a musician with Motley Crue their guitarist Mick Mars.
I think Harry was lonely, we spoke for about two and a half hours.
He was very intent on explaining Christianity to me, and shocked as he steadily came to realize I knew at least as much about the Bible as he did, and certainly more about Christianity and it's history than he.
I was up front about not believing now.
You know what I didn't do? I didn't at any point challenge him about anything in his faith other than telling him I didn't believe. Why would I do that to an old man with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel?
At some point I told him about my spiritual quest after my divorce and he was honestly stunned that I an atheist put in over 10,000 hours of voluntary public service.
Honestly it's a weird experience being called a "Good Samaritan" but to Harry's credit he quickly pointed out that Samaritans didn't believe as the Jews did, and he was convinced that if Jesus was telling the story today it would be the story of the "Good Atheist" because it's how we help one another that counts, not our opinions.
I wish more Christians were like Harry.