Open Qury #54

Why, in our local NCFCA circles, is Apologetics treated like a spare-time hobby while debate and the platform events are treated like like a full-time job?

3 thoughts on “Open Qury #54

  • June 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Because debate requires more. If apologetics demanded as much as debate people would give it, but you can compete in apologetics without giving it “full-time” attention. But if you’re going to do even decent at debate it will be the full time commitment. There are those who have given it the part time allotment, but they just come and go usually for one year, and do poorly and aren’t happy with the experience, so they leave.

  • June 18, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Ooh, I don’t know! It drives me crazy!! Isn’t apologetics more ‘important’ despite the fact that debate events might require more man-hours in prep. time?

  • June 18, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Basically what Jon said…

    I see two facets right off the bat:
    1. Success in the round is based on both presentation and content.
    2. The six-minute time limit.

    It’s relatively easy to use presentation to win points with judges in apologetics rounds, and you can only have six-minutes of content in the speech, anyways.

    If a competitor had to debate the historical existance of Jesus for an hour and a half, they would most likely spend much more time studying the subject than they would for a six minute apologetics speech.

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