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Monday, April 21, 2014

Things To Consider Before Debating Over Religion

Lots of religious debates exist on the internet. And whether you're a Christian, atheist, Muslim, or anything else, it's tempting to tell off that jerk calling you a bunch of (insert-favorite-insult-here). But before you do, think about a couple things.

  • Are you actually going to change their minds? Over 90% of the time, the answer is no. What's more likely is that they'll go on the defensive because you "attacked" them, even if you didn't (did you?), and then continue this discussion which should have died long ago.
  • Is this about your beliefs or your ego? You're going to run into people who will slam you for your beliefs occasionally, but do you really need to insult strangers just to feel confident about them?
  • Are you just as bad as they are? Carefully consider this. Is that response you typed out really a good thing to say? The idiot you're fighting with probably will continue to think you're bigoted/intolerant/hypocritical/immoral/etc. no matter what you say or do. You don't need to prove him right.
  • Are they just trolling? If so, they will welcome any response you send. They won't care about the names you called their mother or the ways they could die horrifically.
  • Is it really worth it? As I said, chances are slim you're actually going to convince anyone to change their minds. Plus it is guaranteed to cause you anger.

Any attempts at starting a religious debate in the comments will not be appreciated.

© 2014 by M.R.R.


robertlampros said...

"First take the speck out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your neighbor's eye." You're right on with all these points. It's crucial for us to practice power, love, and self-control at all times, and to pray for people, especially for the trolls and haters because they're the ones who are furthest from God. Jesus looked at His hostile critics with compassion. He got heartbroken and even frustrated, but He never let it derail Him from his message of faith, hope, and love. Word up. said...

I loved your take on religion and the connection between religion and argument. Based on your advice and approach you could add a second R word -- reason. Your post is filled with it!!! Hope to read more. Good luck with the A-Z!

Salesh Dipak Fernando said...

Very insightful.. aptly put Mine is...

stu said...

I've been thinking very similar things, albeit coming at it from a slightly different point of view. One of the things I find some of my fellow atheists occasionally have a hard time remembering is that more religious people genuinely do hold their beliefs very strongly.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Unless I know I can have a reasonable discussion with someone, talking without trying to change minds etc, I stay away from topics like religion and politics. I don't find it's worth the angst. :)

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M.R. R. said...

@ robertlampros
Well put.

@ and Salesh Dipak Fernando

@ stu
That goes both ways. There's no need for theists and atheists to attack each other.

@ Madeline Mora-Summonte
Unfortunately, it seems like you can't find many people to have a reasonable discussion with.

underthepecans said...

I wish people could have reasonable discussions about this topic. I really feel like we need to work on finding common ground.

M.R. R. said...

@ underthepecans
That would be nice.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I stopped going to "Christian boards" a long time ago online for exactly this reason. People too driven to pursaude their exact view on a matter too stop and rejoice together in Christ. Certainly he must look upon it and think it is the Sanhedrin and the Pharisees all over again.

M.R. R. said...

@ Barbara In Caneyhead
I would imagine so.