Christians Are Just Beter People

This university study proofs it. By Andrew Singleton of Monash University.

We found that one in five 13-to-24 year olds are actively religious, while about one in six could be described as atheists. The rest are religiously or spiritually disengaged but tend to either secular indifference or a superficial interest in the New Age.

…The religiously active are more likely to have positive civic attitudes, display high levels of social concern and be actively involved in community service. Active Christians, for example, do much more hours of volunteer work per month than secular youth. On a measure of the extent to which a person holds positive human values — favouring an ethical life, justice for all and having an orientation to the common good — we also found the religiously active to be streets ahead.

These findings make sense when we consider that regular attendees at religious services are encouraged to lead altruistic and ethical lives and given ample opportunities to partake in community service.

What about the young atheists? Most secular-minded youth are more self-oriented because there is no widely understood or shared ethical alternative paradigm on which to model their lives. Despite recent commentary about “generation Y” being community-minded, our evidence suggests that the prevailing ethos of the past decade — individualism and consumerism — afflicts young people in spades. And the secular humanists and rationalists do not seem to be putting up a credible, earthly alternative way of life.

However, a significant proportion of Gen Y go against that trend. They demonstrate strong community values and are actively involved in their communities in ways that assist the marginalised and disadvantaged. Some do hard-edge volunteer work that requires both initiative and courage. This type of service takes them outside their comfort zone and provides them with new skills and confidence.

Those who engage in voluntary work are likely to have a strong commitment to community values and be actively involved their faith. Active Christians and those New Agers who were brought up Christian demonstrate high levels of community involvement and altruism.

Spirituality type is also correlated with generosity: although 25% of Seculars and 8% of Active Christians give nothing to charity in a year, those Active Christians who do donate are generous in their giving.

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16 Comments »

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    chillinatthecabstand Says:

    This proves nothing – first off, it’s ridiculous to think you can place statistics on someone’s moral fiber. It isn’t pheasible.

    Second, most churches require community work for confirmation and other rites, so it’s only natural that Christians do more charity work.

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    angryxtian Says:

    What your saying is Christianity does more good int he world. This is the second time we agreed.

  3. 3
    undergroundnetwork Says:

    It seems that anyone’s arguments can be backed up with statistics, you can provide your statistics, I can provide my own:

    http://www.newscientist.com/channel/life/dn13696-evolution-myths-accepting-evolution-undermines-morality.html
    http://www.newscientist.com/channel/being-human/mg19526190.400-what-good-is-god.html

    Statistics aside, what sound argument could be constructed in favour of the claim that religion leads to morality? Religious people like to wheel out examples of atheist tyrants, but examples of religious tyrants could be provided in reply. And more importantly, whilst the religious tyrants could be shown to have committed their atrocities because of their religion, atheism cannot be argued to be the reason for the non-believers crimes. Additionally most atheist tyrants have followed some sort of dogma religiously, for example communism.

    Turning to the more everyday, do people really see much difference between the morality of themselves and those around them of other beliefs. I myself have many Christian friends, who have also had sex outside of marriage, experimented with drugs and done most things I have as an atheist. But every Sunday they go to Church and are told how these things are wrong.

    More repressed, perhaps, but certainly not more moral.

    Without blowing my own trumpet I think I cover this adequately here:
    http://undergroundnetwork.wordpress.com/2008/04/02/breaking-the-monopoly-of-morality/
    Although perhaps I have included extra material here, so maybe it is time for a sequel.

    Cheers,
    Paul

  4. 4
    chillinatthecabstand Says:

    No, I strongly disagree that Christianity does more good in the world.

    Christianity and theism in generally is slowly DESTROYING our society and world.

    Some churches just require community service and door-to-door things.

    It’s not like there’s some rule that atheists can never do charity – many of us do charity. I just voluntreered at an old folks home a few weeks ago, actually.

  5. 5
    shidemn Says:

    Paul-“but examples of religious tyrants”
    heres the biggest religious tyrant of them all the supposed “GOD”

  6. 6
    shidemn Says:

    PS i agree with chillin, you cannot use statistics for taking shots at morallity.

  7. 7
    chillinatthecabstand Says:

    No, I strongly disagree that Christianity does more good in the world.

    Christianity and theism in generally is slowly DESTROYING our society and world.

    Some churches just require community service and door-to-door things.

    It’s not like there’s some rule that atheists can never do charity – many of us do charity. I just voluntreered at an old folks home a few weeks ago, actually…

  8. 8
    undergroundnetwork Says:

    In regard to religious charity workers, frequently these people do more harm than good.

    I’ve meet missionary workers at parties, they’re smug as hell about going overseas and spreading the word of Christ. It seems helping people is not top of their agenda, and despite their charity, they are clearly self serving egocentrics.

    Historically, missionaries were shipped to the farthest flung parts of the world, gleefully sharing the doomed word of Christ with otherwise happy indigenous people. In order to get the natives to care about this new religion, missionaries in almost all cases (in regard to South Pacific) bribed the people with weapons. As a result these newly armed newly Christian people would go and settle historical feuds and slaughter neighbouring tribes. In the end these people have lost their culture and self-respect and turn to drugs and prostitution. A bit of a generalisation, but a reality of what was left in the wake of missionaries. Not exactly what happens nowadays, but it is not too far off.

    Sure some Christian charities do good work and help people, but this has more to do with good people organised through the church, rather than the church or religion itself. And all too often those charities that go abroad helping people in god’s name, are more concerned with building churches than alleviating poverty. So the people have their culture decimated, they lose all self worth and they’re still hungry. Whereas an atheist charity has no qualms with allowing the people’s remaining culture to exist, in fact, they probably understand that allowing them to retain some roots empowers the people more than Christ ever could. I am not saying that these people’s religion is better than Christianity, I’m just saying their self respect is more important than an old book.

    Chillin, good on you for the volunteer work, I bet you learnt a lot from them, and felt good helping them. And I assume you didn’t feel compelled to preach and change anyones world views?

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    angryxtian Says:

    Chilly is here to change my word view.

    Old books aren’t worth much your right but teh Word of GOD inside the Bible will save a person’s soul for all eternalty. You sound really smart Underground Guy but your just missing the most important part. And that clouding your jugement.

  10. 10
    chillinatthecabstand Says:

    “Chillin, good on you for the volunteer work, I bet you learnt a lot from them, and felt good helping them. And I assume you didn’t feel compelled to preach and change anyones world views?”

    Nope, I mostly wheeled ’em around the old folks home and helped them play bingo, things like that. No preaching involved. lol

    I dislike missionaries – and did when I was a Christian, too – also, and it’s for the same reason (one of the reasons) I detest Mother Teresa: they don’t give a fuck about the poor. They’re just trying to indoctrinate people. I hate that. Did you read about how Mother Teresa would intentionally inflict more pain on those in her care so they could “get closer to Jesus”? Or how they would refuse dying people medicine and instead baptize them and tell them it was a bath?

    It’s disgusting.

    “Chilly is here to change my word view.”

    Actually, I’m here to try and keep you from changing other people’s worldviews. You’re too ignorant and set in your ways to change, so I’m just here to make sure your stupid doesn’t rub off on some of your (three?) non-atheist readers.

  11. 11

    ‘Styx, just for the record there’s good evidence availible that Godless Heathens Sin Less.

  12. 12

    90% of all prison inmates consider themselves “Christian.” Only .2% of prison inmates are “Atheists.”

  13. 13
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  14. 14
    undergroundnetwork Says:

    um thanks Ken. I’ll give that some thought.

  15. 15

    Angryxtian, stop putting up unGodly posts like this! I am a Christian, and what you are doing is simply not biblical!

    “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-5)

    “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.” (Philippians 4:5a)

    Christians are not “just better people.” I’m a wretched person and it is only by God’s grace that I can do anything good. My sin drives me to God and shows me my need for him. That is where humility comes from. Where’s your humility? How do you biblically justify your conduct on this blog?

  16. 16
    Quasarsphere Says:

    Very telling lack of a response there, eh Chris?


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