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.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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1 Response to Debates?

  1. “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.” There is always at least 2 sides to an issue or story whether it be Christian or otherwise. The ‘fun’ in any debate or discussion is working out (reasoning) the truth toward a workable/usable conclusion. Some won’t eat, but walk away having left their plates. Some will go for seconds even thirds.

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