This is a bit of an experiment I’ve been thinking about trying for a while now. If it doesn’t get any interest, I won’t let my feelings get hurt and will just let it die, but who knows, maybe this will end up being fun for a lot of people.
The idea is to take an issue and argue the opposite to what you really believe. So, theists would argue the atheists position. Pro-abortion folks, would take the pro-life issue, Darwinists would adopt a Creationist stance, and of course vice versa.
The only rules are that, in order to participate, once you’ve started, you MUST remain “in character.” If you realize something you want to say that you genuinely agree with through this experiment, take it to another thread and discuss it there.
The other rule is that you MUST take it seriously. I don’t mind humor, but please don’t just adopt the opposite side and act like an ass. The purpose of this experiment is both to foster understanding of your opponents’ positions, and, more importantly, to see if you actually understand your opponent’s argument as well as you think you do.
I am not sure what topic would be best to start with, but probably one we haven’t had here in a while, like, maybe gun control, but I’m not married to any idea. If you are interested in giving this a try, throw out whatever topics you’d like to tackle and we’ll try and agree on one.
If we actually do this, I expect it to be harder than most of us, probably myself included, are used to.
What do you gentlemen think?