Does any one recall the philosopher who stated that in order to truly debate a subject one must first give up the idea that their opinions on the subject are valid? I don't remember who he was, but I recall he was either Russian or Eastern European.
Basically if an atheist and a Christian wanted to debate the existence of God, both parties would need to suspend their beliefs and start off with a blank slate. The idea is that if you go in to the debate with the assumption that the subject is valid in your mind, you aren't really debating.
Can you name the philosopher and give your views on this theory?