Here’s my big dream:
I would love to see a debate between Roger Olson and John Piper on Calvinism and Arminianism.
I would also love to see a debate between Wayne Grudem and Gordon Fee on Complementarianism and Egalitarianism.
But in these two debates, I’d want Olson arguing for Calvinism and Piper arguing for Arminianism. Likewise, I’d want to see Grudem arguing for Egalitarianism and Fee arguing for Complementarianis.
Not only would it be incredibly entertaining. I think it would be helpful beneficial for everyone. My experience has shown that generally, we don’t understand the other side as well as we think we do. I know for a fact that Calvinists don’t understand Arminians or visa versa. And I often think the same thing about the Gender debate. I’ve said a few times, rather tongue in cheek, that if you understood my perspective on men & women’s roles, you’d agree with me. In both cases, I think that the sides of these issues don’t tend to examine themselves critically. Some do, but they are often the exceptions, not the rule.
If such debates ever occurred, I think that Grudem, Fee, Olson and Piper would all walk away with a greater understanding of their own view and the other side that they didn’t have before.
One thing I learned during my senior year of college was that you cannot understand the other side completely until you’re on it. We held debates on issues in Biblical Theology for my senior seminar class. In every instance where the people who didn’t agree with the side they were defending, that side won the debates. Hands down. They knew both sides.
[Update] If there are any complementarians reading this post who would be interested in participating in such a debate, please do leave a comment!