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[[File:Beggar in Cambodia.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Most atheists likely live in [[East Asia]] (see: [[Asian atheism]]).<br /><br />A beggar in [[Cambodia]]. In Cambodia, the vast majority of the population adheres to a nontheistic form of [[Buddhism]] called the Theravada school of Buddhism. <br /> <br />
A comprehensive study by [[Harvard University]] professor Robert Putnam found that religious people are more charitable than their irreligious counterparts.<ref name="Burke Campbell">Multiple references:
*Burke, Daniel, Religion News Service (May 13, 2009). [httphttps://web.archive.org/web/20130310113024/http://www.pewforum.org/Religion-News/Religious-people-make-better-citizens-study-says.aspx "Religious people make better citizens, study says"]. Pew Research Forum. Archived on March 10, 2013 by Internet Archive. Retrieved July 19, 2014.*Campbell, David and Putnam, Robert (November 14, 2010). [httphttps://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-11-15-column15_ST_N.htm "Religious people are 'better neighbors'"]. USA Today website. Retrieved on July 19, 2014.</ref> ]]
Concerning the issue of '''atheism and charity''', charitable giving by [[atheism|atheists]] and [[agnosticism|agnostics]] in America is significantly less than by theists, according to a study by the [[Barna Group]]:
{{cquote|The typical no-faith American donated just $200 in 2006, which is more than seven times less than the amount contributed by the prototypical active-faith adult ($1500). Even when church-based giving is subtracted from the equation, active-faith adults donated twice as many dollars last year as did atheists and agnostics. In fact, while just 7% of active-faith adults failed to contribute any personal funds in 2006, that compares with 22% among the no-faith adults.<ref name="barna.org">[http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/12-faithspirituality/102-atheists-and-agnostics-take-aim-at-christians Atheists and Agnostics Take Aim at Christians] ''The Barna Update'', 2007.</ref>}}
A comprehensive study by [[Harvard University]] professor Robert Putnam found that religious people are more charitable than their irreligious counterparts.<ref name="pewforum.org">[http://pewforum.org/Religion-News/Religious-people-make-better-citizens-study-says.aspx Religious people make better citizens, study says] by Pew Research Forum, May 13, 2009</ref><ref name="usatoday.com">[httphttps://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-11-15-column15_ST_N.htm Religious people are 'better neighbors'] by ''USA Today'', 11/14/2010</ref> The study revealed that forty percent of worship service attending Americans volunteer regularly to help the poor and elderly as opposed to 15% of Americans who never attend services.<ref name="pewforum.org"/><ref name="usatoday.com"/> Moreover, religious individuals are more likely than non-religious individuals to volunteer for school and youth programs (36% vs. 15%), a neighborhood or civic group (26% vs. 13%), and for health care (21% vs. 13%).<ref name="pewforum.org"/><ref name="usatoday.com"/>
Arthur C. Brooks wrote in ''Policy Review'' regarding data collected in the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey (SCCBS) (data collected by in 2000 by researchers at universities throughout the United States and the [[Roper Center for Public Opinion Research]]):
Religious people are more likely to give to charity, and when they give, they give more money: four times as much. And Arthur Brooks told me that giving goes beyond their own religious organization:
"Actually, the truth is that they're giving to more than their churches," he says. "The religious Americans are more likely to give to every kind of cause and charity, including explicitly non-religious charities."<ref>Stossel, John and Kendall, Kristina [httphttps://abcnews.go.com/2020/Story?id=2682730&page=2 Who Gives and Who Doesn't?] ABC News, November 28, 2006</ref>}}
[[File:Where is the nearest atheist orphanage.png|left|300px|thumbnail|A graphic from the website Answers for Atheist.<ref>[http://answersforatheists.com/ Answers for Atheists]</ref>]]
In 2009, Pew Research Forum reported that a comprehensive study by [[Harvard University]] professor Robert Putnam found that religious people are more charitable than their irreligious counterparts.<ref name="pewforum.org"/><ref name="usatoday.com"/> The study revealed that forty percent of worship service attending Americans volunteer regularly to help the poor and elderly as opposed to 15% of Americans who never attend services.<ref name="pewforum.org"/><ref name="usatoday.com"/> Moreover, religious individuals are more likely than non-religious individuals to volunteer for school and youth programs (36% vs. 15%), a neighborhood or civic group (26% vs. 13%), and for health care (21% vs. 13%).<ref name="pewforum.org"/><ref name="usatoday.com"/>
Given that atheistic [[evolution]]ary thinking has engendered [[social darwinism]] and given that [[Atheism and morality|the proponents of atheism have no rational basis for morality in their ideology]], the immoral views that atheists often hold and the low per capita giving of American atheists is not surprising.
== Atheist Hemant Mehta on charity fundraising from fellow nonbelievers ==
[[File:Hemant Mehta.jpg|thumbnail|right|200px|[[Hemant Mehta]]]]
''See also:'' [[Atheist fundraising vs. religious fundraising]] and [[Atheist organizations and fundraising]]
[[Secular humanism]] is a [[Schools of atheist thought|type of atheism]].
<ref name="PZ">Myers, P.Z. (June 29, 2010). [http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/06/29/the-woman-problem/ "The woman problem"]. Pharyngula [blog].</ref>
According to ''Fortune'' magazine women donate more to charitable causes than men: {{cquote|“Women are very involved in charitable giving,” explained Nancy Heiser, vice president of wealth management at UBS. “The reasons are simple: Women are living longer, making more money and may be inheriting twice—once from their parents and again if they outlive their spouses.”<ref>Research echoes Heiser’s sentiment. According to WPI’s 2010 Women Give study, American households headed by single females give 57% more than those headed by single males.</ref>}} See also:  *[[Atheist movement, women and a smaller base of major donors]]
== Atheism and lower empathy ==
''See also:'' [[Atheists adopting theistic morality]] and [[Protestant cultural legacies]]
Dr. [[William Lane Craig]] points out that the social science research indicates that atheists who have family/social contacts with religious people give more to charity than atheists who do not have such an influence.<ref name="youtube.com">[httphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imuaiRO5mSQ&feature=sub Christians Give more to Charity than Atheists] ([[YouTube]] video featuring an audio clip of Dr. [[William Lane Craig]])</ref>
Craig, citing research published by author Arthur C. Brooks, points out that atheists raised in religious households are twice as likely to give to charity than those raised in nonreligious households.<ref name="youtube.com"/>
 
== Atheist Dr. Melanie Brewster on church attendance and volunteerism/philanthropy ==
 
''See also:'' [[Atheists and church attendance]]
 
At the [[atheist conferences|atheist conference]] Skepticon 7, Dr. Melanie Brewster (who is an atheist herself), indicated that people who attend church at least weekly volunteer and donate more to secular/nonreligious causes than those who attend church rarely or never.<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB7Dlwaufyk Why is Psychology Silent When it Comes to Atheism? - Dr. Melanie Brewster - Skepticon 7]</ref>
== American atheist organizations focus on church/state issues - poor largely ignored ==
''See also: '' [[Atheism and racism]] and [[Western atheism and race]] and [[Atheism and love]][[File:Storefront church.jpg|thumbnail|200px|right|Storefront churches often provide assistance to local residents. <br /><br />According to the atheist [[Sikivu Hutchinson]], [[atheist organizations]] generally focus on church/state separation and creationism issues and not the concerns the less affluent African-American population faces.<ref name="Hutchinson">Hutchinson, Sikivu (June 16, 2014). [https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/06/16/blacks-are-even-discriminated-against-by-atheists/ "Atheism has a big race problem that no one’s talking about"]. Washington Post website.</ref> ]]There is a significant amount of [[racism]] within the [[atheist population]] (see: [[Atheism and racism]]). This also holds true for atheists in the [[Western World]] as well (see: [[Western atheism and race]]).
In June 2014, the African-American atheist woman [[Sikivu Hutchinson]] wrote in the ''Washington Post'' that white atheists organizations in the United States generally focus on church/state separation and [[creationism]] issues and not the concerns the less affluent African-American population faces.<ref name="Hutchinson">Hutchinson, Sikivu (June 16, 2014). [httphttps://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/06/16/blacks-are-even-discriminated-against-by-atheists/ "Atheism has a big race problem that no one’s talking about"]. Washington Post website.</ref> Hutchinson also mentioned that church organizations do focus on helping poor African Americans.<ref name="Hutchinson"/>Much of the focus on church/state separation and creationism issues relative to atheist organizations involves initiating and litigating lawsuits (see: [[Atheist lawsuits]]).
== Atheist activist Lee Moore: Donations to atheist organizations are down due to in-fighting infighting within the atheist movement ==
''See also:'' [[Atheist factions]] and [[Atheism and social/interpersonal intelligence|Atheism and social skills]]
In 2017, the atheist activist Lee Moore declared:
{{Cquote|If you look at the major atheist groups right now, like the national groups, the ones that are doing the real activist work... They are not bringing in the kind of donations they used to. Most of them are starved for cash. They're downsizing left and right. Because people aren't just giving like they used to. And I talked to a lot of the major donors out there and they said, "Well, we're kind of tired of seeing the atheist community just fight amongst itself and not really get anything done. We'd rather not give money if we don't think it's going to go somewhere."<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvG6LKUbOdk Lee Moore and Steve Shives Talk About the Future of the Atheist Movement],
- video quote comes 21 minutes and 13 seconds into the video</ref>}}
 
See also: [[Atheist movement and major donors]]
== Scott Simon of National Public Radio on organized atheism and its small measure of charitable work ==
Scott Simon of [[National Public Radio]] (NPR): "I have 've covered a lot of wars, famines and tragedies. And it seems to me, truly , every theatre theater of suffering I have 've ever been to, there is a dauntless nun, priest, clergy or religious person, who is was working very selflessly and bravery bravely there for the good of human beings. But And I don't run into [[Atheist movement|organized groups of atheists]] who do this. "<ref name="npr.org">[https://www.npr.org/2017/05/27/530337283/richard-dawkins-on-terrorism-and-religion Richard Dawkins On Terrorism And Religion]</ref>
[[New Atheism|New atheist]] [[Richard Dawkins]]: "Perhaps there is not enough of them."...<ref name="npr.org"/>
Scott Simon, NPR: "But I do wonder , am I just not seeing the world correctly to see large numbers of well-motivated atheists lending their lives to trying to better the world... If ? Or they're - if I might put it this way, are they just more concerned about just being right intellectually.?"<ref>[http://www.name="npr.org"/2017/05/27/530337283/richard-dawkins-on-terrorism-and-religion Richard Dawkins On Terrorism And Religion]</ref>
== Western atheists have not done a significant amount of outreach to poor countries ==
Doing overseas evangelism/outreaches often requires significant hardships/persecution and Western atheists have been unwilling to endure such hardships in order to spread atheistic ideology (see: [[Atheism and hedonism]]).
Historically, Christians have made great evangelism efforts to reach every people group across the earth. They have also engaged in a lot of Christian relief work to help lessen poverty. In 2005, there were four times as many non-[[Western World]] Christians as there were Western World Christians.<ref>[httphttps://www.wnd.com/?pageId=30077 Is Christianity taking over the planet?]</ref>
The current atheist population mostly resides in East Asia (particularly China) and in secular Europe/Australia among whites.<ref>[httphttps://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/23/a-surprising-map-of-where-the-worlds-atheists-live/ A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live], By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey, ''Washington Post'', May 23, 2013</ref> See: [[Global atheism]]
=== Translation of Darwin's Origin of the Species vs. the Bible ===
Since [[World War II]] a majority of the most prominent and vocal defenders of the [[evolution]]ary position which employs methodological naturalism have been [[Atheism|atheists]] and [[agnosticism|agnostics]] (see also: [[Causes of evolutionary belief]]).<ref>
* Dr. Don Batten, [httphttps://creation.com/a-whos-who-of-evolutionists A ''Who’s Who'' of evolutionists] ''Creation'' 20(1):32, December 1997.
* [[Jonathan Sarfati]], Ph.D.,F.M., [http://www.creation.com/content/view/3830 ''Refuting Evolution'', Chapter 1, Facts and Bias]
</ref> [[Charles Darwin]]'s evolutionary book ''The Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life'' has been translated into 35 languages.<ref>[http://www.amphilsoc.org/library/valentinedarwin/vanwyhe Darwin in translation]</ref>
What's more, there are several major funders who've put muscle behind religious scholarship on campus, such as the Lilly Endowment and the Templeton Foundation. But we've never seen a gift for related to aethism [sic] - either on a campus or elsewhere. Nor have our data gathering friends the Foundation Center, which reports exactly zero grants related to atheism in a database covers tens of foundations. (That said, some grants have gone to groups that put forth a "secular" agenda.)<ref>[Beyond Belief: As Americans Warm to Atheism, Will Donors Follow?] by Mike Scutari, ''Inside Philanthropy''</ref>}}
== Atheist nonprofit organizations and scandals ==
''See also:'' [[Atheist nonprofit organizations and scandals]] and [[Atheist organizations and financial mismanagement]] In a 2018 YouTube video entitled ''[[David Silverman]] Ousted as President of [[American Atheists]]'', the atheist YouTube channel Utah Outcasts said in a video about David Silverman and atheist organizations: "Many other people were also like maybe he was embezzling funds because we know people in [[Atheist activist|atheist activist]] communities where that kind of sh*t happens. Yes, it was kind of common."<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUvX5wTf8TM David Silverman Ousted as President of American Atheists], Utah Atheists, Go to the 3 minute mark in the video</ref>
Two atheist nonprofit scandals which received some publicity were the organizations [[Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science]] and the [[We Are Atheism]] organization.<ref>
*[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2011/07/24/richard-dawkins-drops-his-lawsuit-against-former-employee/ Richard Dawkins Drops His Lawsuit Against Former Employee]
*[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/09/15/an-update-on-we-are-atheism/ An Update on We Are Atheism] by Hemant Mehta, September 15, 2015</ref>
=== Atheist non-profit nonprofit scandals, lack of critical thinking and lack of due diligence ===
''See also:'' [[Atheism and critical thinking]]
== David Gorski's complaint about atheist nonprofits ==
 ''See also:'' [[Atheist organizations and financial mismanagement]] [[File:Richard Dawkins photo.jpg|alt=Richard Dawkins|thumbnail|200px|right|The [[Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science]] had a scandal related to an embezzlement allegation.<ref name="patheos.com">[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2011/07/24/richard-dawkins-drops-his-lawsuit-against-former-employee/ Richard Dawkins Drops His Lawsuit Against Former Employee]</ref><ref name="patheos.com"/><ref name="Richard Dawkins sues Josh Timonen">[http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2010/10/24/richard-dawkins-sues-josh-timonen/ Richard Dawkins sues Josh Timonen], Posted by David Gorski on October 24, 2010</ref> See: [[Atheist nonprofit organizations and scandals]] ]]
David Gorski at Scienceblogs wrote about atheist/skeptic organizations and financial mismanagement:
== Atheists harass an orphanage that refused to agree to accept a donation with a stipulation attached to it ==
See: *[http://examiningatheism.blogspot.com/2016/09/atheists-harass-orphanage-that-refused.html Atheists harass an orphanage that refused to agree to accept a donation with a stipulation attached to it]
== Atheism, uncharitableness and suicide ==
==See also==
 
*[[Atheism and the Problem of Evil]]
*[[Atheism and morality]]
*[[Social Darwinism]]
 
*[[Atheism and the Problem of Evil]]
 
*[[Atheist hospitals]]
==External links ==
*[httphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imuaiRO5mSQ&feature=sub Christians Give more to Charity than Atheists] ([[YouTube]] video featuring an audio clip of Dr. [[William Lane Craig]])
*[http://atheism-analyzed.blogspot.com/2011/05/atheist-charitable-giving.html Atheist charitable giving] by [[Atheism Analyzed]] *[http://examiningatheism.blogspot.com/2016/09/atheists-harass-orphanage-that-refused.html Atheists harass an orphanage that refused to agree to accept a donation with a stipulation attached to it]
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