Bjorn is expanding on a list I’ve discussed before on this site and during lectures I give — 10 lessons atheists could learn from Christians.
So far, he’s covered two topics in some depth.
For all of the faults in theology, Christians have a lock on charity work. When someone thinks of Christian kindness, I doubt that they imagine brainwashing children to fear a non existent Hell and a deity who watches every move and knows your thoughts. Instead, images of soup kitchens, food shelves, homeless shelters, Habitat for Humanity, even sandbagging ahead of a flood are all things churches are known for. Why aren’t the same things associated with atheist kindness?
The last statistics I remember hearing about the church I last attended, was that half of the membership gave every week, a quarter gave about once a month, and a quarter gave nothing. Still with these statistics, the church was able to build large facilities with class rooms, meeting centers, and worship areas, as well as paying a large number of full time staff. The weekly attendance was around 2,000, which is far greater then any atheist organization I have ever seen, but I have seen churches with membership around 300 who have a building to worship in, pay a pastor and usually a secretary, and still participate in community events.
Why don’t people feel the need to give money to atheist organizations? Part of the reason, I have seen, is that atheist groups don’t do much other than provide a social community. As long as someone brings the cookies, you don’t need to raise any money, right?…
What else would be on your list of things Christians do better than us?
What are atheists better at? (Besides simply being more rational about the whole “God” thing.)