'The research suggests that intuitive judgements of right and wrong seem to operate independently of explicit religious commitments.'
I must admit that I have a really tough time understanding where an atheist receives their moral framework. I have no problem in believing that there are plenty of good and moral people on this planet from a variety of beliefs and backgrounds (but even there I am making an assessment on what I deem to be morally ok according to how I understand God. However, I do believe we can make moral judgements based on our belief and understanding of God). My issue isn't whether people have good morality, my issue is WHERE that morality comes from.
For some it is morally acceptable to bomb the West. For others it is assisted suicide. For others it is pornography. For others it is drinking. For others it is preaching against homosexuality.
Morality seems to be very subjective according to where I've grown up, where I live etc. Therefore, surely there will always need to be a higher morality to live by that in turn determines how I live?
Some might say that it is obvious to do to others as you would have them to do you. But why? If I'm ok then surely that is all that matters? Unless you draw from a religious community a set of morals, I don't see where else you can get them from?
Like I said, I am not doubting the morality of atheists, I am simply asking where their morality comes from and if they are ok with it originating from within a religious community.
I know being a part of a religious community does not necessarily make you a morally decent person. Great atrocities have been and are committed by and within religious communities. Equally they have been committed by atheistic communities.
But I believe if followers of Jesus are serious about Him then our morals, ethics and practice will be good.