All I was trying to do was explain my stance on religion to him because he thought it wasn't possible to believe in both sceience and God since they contradict each other. I told him that it was just my personal belief and I tried to get ONE sentence out there but as soon as I muttered the word "religion", he immediately told me he didn't want to talk about it. I asked him why and he said because he doesn't speak with those types of people. I asked what type of people and he said "Ignorant people". I had to tell him how what I was saying wasn't ignorant and asked him if he thought I was. He said no, and so I asked him if he wasn't being ignorant himself. He said "No, I have something different." and when I asked him what he has he said "Wisdom".
Now I asked him somewhat condescendingly saying "Wisdom? You mean by ignoring what I was trying to say and pretending to be smarter than me?" and he proceeded to get louder and more rude every time I opened by mouth to speak saying he didn't want to talk about it. I respected him by ending the conversation I was trying to have but I did express my dissatisfaction with the way he was acting.
What's ironic is that he told me that these types of conversations "always end badly" however he was the only one that got upset and he got upset even though I was being completely respectful and understanding the entire time. The thing is, he has this strict belief in science and has a heavy interest in the subject. He gives me the usual arguments about how religion has caused so many wars and so much death in the past and how scientific events created the universe. However, I had never really spoken to him about my beliefs and thought it would be nice to share. I honestly didn't think he would get so offended when I wasn't even criticizing him for what he believed him or trying to disprove it.
I had not thought he would get upset or think I was foolish for believing in both scientific facts and God at the same time. It was only when I brought up the religious part of it that he would lose his cool and try to shut me down. Whenever I brought up science-related information he was fine with it.
He has this self-important ego where he thinks he is correct regardless of what anyone else says and refuses to listen it if he doesn't like it, even if they are bringing up a valid point. Usually by getting loud and having an attitude as if he can intimidate the other person involved into not saying what he doesn't agreewith. It's a cop out way to falsely "win" your arguments and immature. I've told him this but he didn't seem to listen. He told me before that he doesn't "mix with the religious crowd" because of their ignorance and shoving god-related nonsense down your throat.
To me though, he acts much more ignorant than any religious person I've ever met. Not just on that topic specficially either, even in every-day conversation he has this "I will shut you down and not listen to you" attitude if you talk about ANYTHING he doesn't like. He is very disrespectful.
I don't get why and have even let him know this, but as usual, he just brushed it off thinking he was perfect and good-to-go. I know when I'm right and it would be nice if I could speak to him about these things without him getting upset.
I want him to be respectful and understanding the way an adult should act and especially because I would love to be able to cover more serious topics of discussion now that we're getting older. In case anyone is wondering, we are both in our 20s. I am the older brother and clearly there would be a maturity gap but I still think his is a little extreme for the age he's getting to be.
Only wanted to get this out of my system and off my chest so that it won't get to the point where it would cause anymore problems. I'm sure we will be back to normal and both in a good mood tomorrow.