Question for Everyone: What differentiates Christian Morality from Atheist?
I just stunned myself with a rather interesting thought. I was thinking about how Francis Collins' evangelical Christian beliefs might get in the way of his objectivity as director of the NIH. When it came down to brass tacks, I could only think of a few areas where Christians typically differ from atheists in their assessment of what is good or bad morally:
1) Sex. Most Christians have some kind of non-scientific view of sex. Abstinence before marriage, masturbation is bad, etc, etc.
2) Abortion. The overwhelming majority of people who support banning abortion are Christians. It's damn hard to find a non-theist who favors banning abortion.
3) Marriage, childbearing, childrearing. Christians think of marriage as a magic pact between god and two people. Atheists don't. Some Christians think of children as the manifestation of God's will. Atheists tend to view them as the result of sexual intercourse.
4) Homosexuality. Many Christians believe homosexuality is immoral. Most atheists do not.
Can anyone think of any common Christian moral beliefs that differ substantially from a naturalist morality?