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Farokh Shahabi Nezhad

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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?

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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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    Feb 18 2013: When it comes to religion, people use often use emotion, beliefs, and ego, as opposed to objectivity, reason, facts and humility.

    You as if there is a way to prevent ....

    Yes, religious debates must first be set among reasonable people. Unreasonable people will always find an unreasonable point to argue. Next, there should be set rules as in any debate such as, respect, agree to disagree, use facts, stay within objective and reason and tollerance.

    Reason and reasonable people is key! People who do not have the ability to stay within reasonable parameters and be respectful towards others opinion although they may not agree should never be considered for any discussion or debates because it defys the objective.
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      Feb 18 2013: Unfortunately, as John Stuart Mill put it in "The Subjection of Women":

      “So long as an opinion is strongly rooted in the feelings, it gains rather than loses in stability by having a preponderating weight of argument against it.”

      ...and one's religion is always rooted in feelings, being an effect of years of indoctrination by gurus or priests, strengthened by culture and community, or inspired by personal "epiphany" of some unreasonable sort. To present a true religious believer with counterarguments may spark even more feelings and an unequal emotional opposite reaction, possibly a conflict.

      ...or, as "Dr. House" nicely put it:

      "If you could reason with religious people there would be no religious people."
      Period.

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