The Devil or his advocate?

Let’s say you are sitting in an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate course/seminar (or other setting you may prefer), and in your discussion with the prof (or other participant in the discussion), they present an opposing position to yours.

Is it more/less/equally difficult to argue your position with someone who is genuinely opposed to your position, or with someone who is playing devil’s advocate in order to provoke a more thoughtful and defensible argument (for you own good, of course!). Let’s also assume that either opponent is equally versed in the pertinent literature on the subject.

Just wondering about some of your experiences as believers in a non-Christian setting, particularly academic ones.

Αυτω η δοξα,

Jason

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