We had lynchings in America right up till the 60's. It was the southern Democrats, BTW, that did the lynching. Jim Crow laws and KKK groups were all white Democrats and probably most attended some sort of church and claimed to be Christians. Christians die for their enemies, they don't kill them. If it weren't for the Christians, we would still have slavery and lynchings. I'm sorry that I'm not good at cutting and pasting or we could find lots of evidence to that fact. I don't recall many evolutionists giving their lives for the cause of freeing the slaves.
You hold a very high opinion of Christians, don't you. Perhaps you should open your eyes a bit more. Being Christian has nothing to do with being a good person. Nothing at all. Christians kill their enemies just like the next person. They're not special. They are people; just like everybody else. Some are good, some are bad.
I bet your whole life you've thought that being a Christian is a wonderful thing, but it's not. It's just not. It promotes in group / out group mentality, it deludes people to think they are lower than dirt and deserving of nothing, it milks people of their hard earned money, it tells you that you are constantly watched by an invisible sky person and that if you screw up, you could pay for it eternally. It preys on gullibility and teaches things about the world that are patently false and utterly ridiculous. It's not good. It's not remotely good. The Christians that remain good in spite of
their religious convictions are able to do so because they selectively pick and choose what to agree with from the bible, based on their personal versions of right and wrong. In other words, when it comes to determining right from wrong, they look inward, then turn to the pages in the bible that seem to support their own personal stance, and then claim their stance came from the bible. What they don't realize is that it's their own personal judgement first. Not the bible.
BTW, the Christians that helped stop slavery pointed to one section of the bible, while the Christians that helped maintain slavery pointed to another part. Perhaps then, it is fair to say that a good part of the civil war was fought over which part of the bible was true and which was not. If that is the case, then perhaps if we didn't have that book in the first place, none of it would have happened. That's impossible to know for sure, but interesting to think about.
“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.” Steven Weinberg
There is nothing good that a Christian can do that an atheist could not. But there are plenty of bad things a Christian can do that an atheist would not. Therefore, the only novel things about Christianity are the bad things.
To claim to be a Christian is not the same as being one. What does make a person a Christian? How do you know if some one is?
We've had a few discussions about this here before, but from my opinion, you can tell a person is a Christian because they tell you they are. Being a Christian is a definition that depends on what the person making the statement defines it as. There is no over-arching definition.
And do NOT confuse being a 'Christian' with being a 'good person'. It's not the same thing. The two are unrelated as I said before. A Christian who looks to the bible in defense of slavery is as much a Christian as the Christian who looks to the bible to denounce it.