Vigorous Debates Helpful

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by asterisktom, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. asterisktom

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    I just wanted to say that I really appreciated several of you here who, though I have disagreed strongly with on some points, yet I have learned a lot as well. Vigorous debates - as long as they are mutually respectful - can be real helpful.

    I know that by writing this I am setting myself up for someone to hold this against me. That is actually a good thing. I don't pretend to always have been the kind of person I am praising here but, by god's grace - sovereign, not prevenient :smilewinkgrin: - that is who I want to be.
     
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    therein lies the rub.
    but that is not to say there can be no vigorous debates.
    there are some on here who can do the "mutual respect" thing.
     
  3. Salty

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    Why? Do you plan on running for President of the United States ? :laugh: :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    No can do. I was born in a foreign country. Hey, wait a minute .....
     
  5. annsni

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    LOL - I have to say that I HAVE learned a lot about debate here on Baptist Board. I DO think that the debates have in recent months/year become a bit more hostile and I'm not liking that but I've learned lots of great information - and just some methods on dealing with disagreeing with someone.

    I'm now on another board that is all about horses and I've gotten into a number of debates in their "off topic" forum. Right now I'm debating with people about evolution and issues about God. I've learned to address one issue at a time, ask probing questions rather than getting defensive and to ask for their own definition of things to be sure we're arguing the same thing. For example, one girl says she's a Christian but in discussion, she doesn't believe in the Bible, isn't sure there is a God, doesn't believe that there was someone named Jesus who died for our sins - but she's a Christian. Interestingly, it was a pagan who jumped in and said something about that - that she sees so many Christians who are hypocrites and now she understands that not everyone who says they are a Christian really is. This "Christian" girl was offended because she is SURE she's a Christian - that she was even baptized. :BangHead: But I needed to find out if we were talking about the same thing - and it is clear we weren't. I've learned that skill here. :)
     
  6. Salty

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    So is that going to be your platform? and do you plan on asking the Calif Gov to be your running mate :laugh:

    And, Ann, you should join a board that does not have heated discussion!
     
  7. annsni

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    Why thank you Salty! I have and I enjoy it immensely. :D
     

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