i disagree. A true debate is not at all an argument over who’s right and who’s wrong.
To equate debate with “arguing” is just not correct.
A good debater should be able to defend BOTH sides of an issue with equal force.
A debate is a competition, but unless you are opposed to competitions (e.g., sports, writing contests, pie-eating contests, etc.), there is nothing unhealthy about competition. Even St. Paul references the Olympics (or perhaps one of the other sporting events held during that time in history) in a positive way. And I believe it was Ted Cruz, a Christian man, who was a champion debater.
Just curious–did your high school have a debate team? Even if you didn’t participate, did you learn how a debate works, and how the competitors prepare?
I agree, we should not argue over our faith, but when two Christians, or a Christian and a non-Christian, agree to a debate, a true debate with rules and a moderator–that’s faith-building, not faith-destroying.