http://thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-not-to-argue-the-problem-of-folk-fallacies The above link is to an article published on August 1, 2014 by the Gospel Coalition. Considering the type of debates that populate the Baptist Board, I thought this article should be well-received. I shouldn't need to say this, but my posting this article is not an attempt at a Calvinist take over of the free world. If you feel compelled to cast Calvinist bombs, please do it someplace else. Thank you. Here is the article in full text: A Brief Introduction to This Series Argumentation is the act or process of forming reasons and of drawing conclusions and applying them to a case in discussion. Christians are required to argue (1 Peter 3:15), so we should learn to do it well. When it comes to learning how to argue, you can find no better model than Jesus. (Which is why I co-wrote a book titled, How to Argue Like Jesus). But you can also learn to argue well by learning how not to argue. On that subject, I’m somewhat of an expert. Over several decades I’ve argued a lot and, on the whole, made quite a mess of it. But while I have a woefully rudimentary knowledge about how to argue (a shameful admission considering I wrote a book on the subject), I’ve learned more than my share about how not to argue. Through this series I plan to offer a set of heuristics on argumentation and persuasion. Heuristics are commonsense “rules of thumb” intended to increase the probability of solving some problem. The heuristics I offer aren’t derived from careful exegesis of rhetorical textbooks or from rule books on Oxford-style debating. These rules of thumb are merely useful tips I’ve learned from a long history of rhetorical mistake-making. I won’t take offense if you disagree. But I will try to persuade you that following these tips will make you more persuasive.