Can any debate exist without at least implicit insult to those who hold the opposing view? My answer: No, but that means we should be all the more careful to insult each other with civility and graciousness. REASONING: It was recently pointed out that those on one side of a debate (Cals) often say that the opposing side (non-cals) do not understand election, or don't grasp some other vital biblical truth, necessarily implying that their understanding is therefore deficient. THAT'S AN INSULT RIGHT THERE! Conversely, Armininas will say that the cals are the ones who don't understand election, or grasp some basic bibilical truth, and therefore necessarily imply that the cals understanding is deficient. (ANOTHER IMPLICIT INSULT). My point is that if you say that someone missunderstands a point of debate, you are implicitly making a statement about either their up-bringing, their intellegence, their willingness to see the truth, or their ability to see the truth. I would argue that such implicite insults are unavoidable in debate, and should not be taken as personal attacks (even though technically, they might be). I would additionally argue that because implicit assumptions about the deficient understanding of the opponent are part of the debate process, we should be extra careful not to exacerbate the problem by adding attacks on character or intent. SOME EXAMPLES: -A gracious debater will say "I believe you do not understand election." rather than, "You are twisting scriptures!" (The first could be taken as an insult by some thin-skinned debater, but the second HAS to be taken as a personal attack on the INTENT of the opponent...we should give one another every benefit of the doubt when it comes to what we believe to the motive of our debate opponents. So if you're a Calvinists, realize that the arminians are not conspiring together to bring down the soverighnty of God. And if you are an arminian, realize that the Calvinists are not trying to set up a new geneve in which we burn to death everyone who disagrees with us. (Just sit back, relax, and realize anyone who disagrees with you simply has "deficiencies in understanding") :laugh: --> I welcome any opposing view as to the nature of debate...Can we debate without ANY implicit insults, or not?