Are Believers More Likely to be Hypocrites Than Atheists?
Link. In my opinion this is demonstrably true.
Posted by John W. Loftus
Short answer: yes. I agree with Loftus on this one.
You see, it’s far easier to be a hypocrite if you have high standards than if you have no standards. By definition, an amoralist cannot be a hypocrite; only a moralist can be a hypocrite.
So it’s easy to be a consistent amoralist, but difficult to be a consistent moralist. Since atheism has no foundation for moral absolutes, there is, indeed, sense in which believers are more likely to be hypocritical than atheists. An atheist can never violate his code of conduct, since there’s nothing to violate.
Put another way, it’s remarkable how often you can win the pole-vaulting championship when you set the bar one inch to the ground.