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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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  • Feb 17 2013: I was reading the comments and came to the conclusion that --

    Religion is not and cannot be a normal subject.
    Religion is instead a personal belief, named faith.
    Religion is a faith subject.
    Faith is a belief in something that cannot be changed by contrary evidence.

    Debate is ineffective when used against a personal belief.
    Therefore -- There is no way to prevent religious debates from turning into a big fight.
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      Feb 18 2013: Nah...I disagree with you.

      Although your conclusion sounds logical, the truth of the matter is that sometimes religious debates end without turning into a big fight. It all depends on who the individuals are debating. :)

      I will say however that even though the debate might end amicably, the truth is you will rarely convince the other person to believe what you believe.
      • Feb 18 2013: Mary,

        You've won the HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD award...
        Thank you for correcting my mistakes.

        Once I get started I sometimes veer into the wrong lane.
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          Feb 19 2013: I love winning awards.......thank you.

          I don't think it was a mistake so much, just your point of view at the time.

          Yeah, I get carried away typing sometimes and will reread what I wrote and then have to go back and redo the whole thing. LOL
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      Feb 18 2013: It was amazing Frank!

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