The Art of Debate: Developing Students Who Cling to Truth

Tim Goodwin discusses the art of debate to build the students’ Biblical worldview, through expanding a student’s ability to soundly argue on all grounds.

The Word of God is clear that Christians are to hold ethics in a place of upmost importance. The purpose of debate is to show students that they are called to think eternally, following an avenue that impacts the way they live in 21st-century America. Therefore, the focus is to build the students’ Biblical worldview, through expanding a student’s ability to soundly argue on all grounds. A student who holds the ability to argue on the grounds of any subject is a student who is capable of having sound theological doctrine in his or her own life. So, yes the student will be arguing ethical standpoints all across the board, but they will learn under the pretense of what is really Truth. The student will reach maximum learning capacity when they understand how to argue their opposition, by being their opposition.

Tim Goodwin

Tim Goodwin is an educator at The Geneva School of Manha an, where he teaches third grade and is Director of Speech and Debate. Tim graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a BS in History and Christian Ministry, where he served as president of Pi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society). A er graduation, Tim began his career teaching seventh grade Texas history at San Antonio Christian School. There, Tim coached both middle school and varsity soccer. In December 2014, Tim married his wonderful wife, Sydney, a musical theatre actress. Sydney’s profession prompted their move to New York City in July 2015. Tim is currently enrolled in Southeastern Theological Seminary, where he will earn his Masters of Divinity in May 2018.

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