I'd like to see a study comparable to the Hoover charity study on atheist vs. religious political and social activities. Which group recycles more, which places higher priorities on which fiscal and social issues, which group better prepares for their children's educations and their own retirements (so as to not be a burden on society), etc.? Rather than focusing on the source of their morality, I'd like to see the results. I know there are hedonistic atheists who don't care about anything but themselves and I know there are religious zealots who believe worrying about the Earth is pointless since Armageddon is coming soon, but both groups are fanatics who don't represent the core of either group.
Perhaps we can take this discussion to a new thread. With that being said, what do you think would be gained from this knowledge in either group being on the more positive side of the scale?
Phinehas and I thread-jacked the Creation vs. Evolution thread on this point.
My goal with the study wouldn't be to simply see which group is better or worse in certain areas, and the definitions of "better" and "worse" would be subject to debate on issues like gay marriage, abortion, etc. What I really want, and expect, to see and show is that mainstream Christians and atheists really aren't all that different. I'm sure that Christians will tend more conservative and Republican and atheists will be more liberal and Democratic (Note: I'm a social liberal and a fiscal conservative, so I don't vote for either major party), but I'm guessing that when it comes to taking care of things at home the groups are pretty similar.