How to Discuss the Negative Aspects of Religion
The art of leading the religious discussions is the peculiar and very special topic. For many people their faith is the individual matter which is supposed to be almost intimate one. That is why the religious dispute may seem to be disturbing for some people. It is very important not to offend your interlocutor. The main aim of the religious disputes today is not to convert the representatives of some other religions as it used to be in the past times but to exchange the cultural and probably some mystic experience.
†In the case you wish to argue about the negative aspects of some religion it will be better† not to appeal to some personal characteristics of the participants but try to provide some consistent argumentation.
These are the things that may give you some clue about what to discuss next in that uneasy question. First of all you may start the dispute with discussing the personal attitude of all the participants towards their religion. Depending upon the stereotypes and the different religious beliefs the answers may differ. That will be the starting point for the discussion. The personal attitude towards such notion as God, mercy, virtue or life goals may become the great basis for the discussion. Proceed with pointing out the discrepancies between the formal set of rules belonging to this or that religion and the personal understanding and attitude. If there will be much discrepancies you may make the conclusion that the religion under consideration canít cope with its task to alter the soul of the human being. Ask your opponents why do they sometimes feel some difficulties in obeying the rules of the religion they belong to.
Religion and church
The next point you should discuss is the relationships of the religious people and the church. Here the main question under consideration will be the matter of the degree of the peopleís trust in the church they have chosen. Pay attention to the fact that today many types of church have ceased to be the Home of God and turned into some commercial or political organizations. Ask your opponents the question is their church quite clear, free from bribery and does it fulfill its initial role. If the religion of your opponents doesnít presuppose the existence of the a church (for example Buddhism) you may ask the following question. Arenít they too self-conscious to practice they spiritual rituals and following their way without any strong leading organization?
Basis of religion
Another important thing is to understand what is covered by the veil of the religious rituals and ceremonies. There are some people who suppose the Hindu religion to be the dangerous and misleading one. They consider that Hindus only make the endless number of excuses to hide the wide-spread lust and vicious practices which have captivated their folk. The Hindus in their turn suppose that the other religions as Christianity or Islam are the cruel ones that are aimed to interfere the human nature.
- Donít try to offend your interlocutors. Stay calm and lead the discussion wisely.
- Donít aim to show that your religion is the only true one from the very beginning. You will create the greater effect if you make your interlocutor start claiming the things that are opposite to they ones he said a minute ago. Make your opponents tangled.
- Donít allow yourself to lose your grip. The people who are confident in what they are saying usually stay calm and relaxed as they have nothing to worry about.
The power of convincing is the great talent. You should know the theory of your religion deeply to be able to answer some uneasy questions and oppose to your interlocutors. Be interested in the discussion and in that way it will bring its use. It is better to get ready by studying the religion of your opponents in advance.
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