Christian are supposed to kind and loving, which is part of christianity, being "christlike".
In your personal experience, do you find that christians are kinder, more thoughtfull to strangers, more giving and less selfish than atheists?
Also, do christians seem to be happier people in general with their lives?
I do not think people of faith are happy with their lives. They spend a lot of time with guilt, depression and shame over not living up to the expectation of their religious beliefs. The following is a quote and link for your info:
"The prevailing view of religion is that it is harmless even if it is delusional. That turns out not to be the case. America is the most religious country of those studied in the developed world. America also has the biggest problems in terms of things like homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy, and abortion."
Thats a great idea. I am sure some studies have been done.
Check the phycology websites, I will do a search of the ScienceDaily News website, I get
email updates from them.
I found this, it's a surprising twist:
Oh my dog, no. They are insane on every level. Psychotic. Will turn on you in a second.
OK, there are some kind Xers out there, but they are generally kind people. Aholes who become xers are just ahole xers. And there are a lot of them because they are mentally ill. Wait, they are worse. They are sadists - anyone who wants a god to come down and blast the world and innocent people, well, you cannot be a nice person and hold that belief. So those who are drawn to such sentiments are mean evil people and no god can save them.
Honestly, I don't think kindness has anything to do with what you believe or don't believe. If it did, it wouldn't be kindness. It's just something people have to varying degrees genetically, although it may have something to do with how you are raised. For example, my Christian mother remarked to me when I was young that I have a "sweet" personality, and that's something I never want to let go of, even though I am now an atheist. It's a part of me that I want to share with others, because that sharing makes my life worth living.
Most Christians and other religious folk are kind and nurturing. They choose to get married, raise a family, help others, etc. Religion sometimes helps and sometimes hinders this process. My mother cried when I told her I was an agnostic. She feels scared that I might spend eternity in hell. She has created her own hell by believing a wicked religion built solely for it's own survival. I feel bad for her, but at the same time am relieved that I don't have the same concern for my children.