I think a lot can be learned in a good debate.
An example is the same-sex marriage issue. I have now read two sets of arguments defending lifelong, committed homosexual marriage. I am certain that both of them are very confusing to everyone except those who are staunchly opposed to homosexuality for cultural or political reasons.
I don’t think any of the arguments I read were remotely valid, but they sound impressive. Putting both sides of the argument on the same page puts context to attempts to turn clear scriptural teaching into a confusing intellectual and theological mess.
This is all the more true because there really are areas in which what seems to be clear scriptural teaching turns out to be merely ignorance of cultural context and the blindness of tradition.
What better way to clear up such topics than to present both sides in a dialogue, kept to a readable and understandable length?
So I put up a “Debate Challenges” page in hopes of providing that kind of information and benefit. I have a proposed list of topics, and some rules and word limits for the debates.