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Farokh Shahabi Nezhad

CEO & Co-Founder at Idearun, TEDxTehran


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Is there any way to prevent religious debates from turning into a big fight?

People discuss lots of things, politics, sports, anything
But when they discuss religious opinions, most of the time, they get all angry and try to win even with fight.
why is that? why that can't be a normal subject?
and more important, How can we prevent this?


Closing Statement from Farokh Shahabi Nezhad

Tnx everyone for their replies. I enjoyed learning from different aspect for this problem.

I can only conclude this : Don't argue with someone unless they are open minded and ready to be changed and challenged.

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  • Dan F 50+

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    Feb 8 2013: Let's acknowledge that in some areas of the world this is a luxury because to debate religion can be life threatening. This liberty to question religion has been subject to the human history and condition in other areas of the world as well.

    The debate can become emotional because it can be so personal. Religion consists of thousands of different denominations around the world. Up until relatively recently (Charles Darwin) the debate was between religious leaders and scholars because the issues centered on the nature of the details in how best to worship a supreme being.

    Biology with its implied evolution of our existence from nonhuman parent stock has been a frontal assault on the whole question of religion. Religions share in common a belief system based on the idea that a supernatural being was responsible for our creation. These two concepts do not mesh well.

    The fact is tradition and commitment has a big influence on our religious beliefs, but does not immune us from recognizing changes that are going on around us. The freedom and liberty to voice an opinion is what make us civilized and grow. It is best to be civil in presenting what one has to say and despite the conflict, just agree to disagree.

    The freedom to debate is a great liberty. To pick a fight only hardens us.

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