People in ‘debate’ don’t normally ask questions, unless they’re those annoying rhetorical ‘How can you say that?’ sort of questions.
But people in conversations ask questions all the time, because they’re the way you establish what someone else believes, and for that matter what you believe. Questions make conversations two-way, interested, open-minded, creative; debate speeches make them closed.
I probably ask more questions in three minutes of conversation with my wife than I did in three years of university debating competitions, and it’s because I genuinely care what she thinks.
- Andrew Wilson, If God Then What: Wondering Aloud About Truth, Origins & Redemption (12)
Check out my interview with Andrew here.