I've been accused of them; fellow Doctrines of Grace adherents have been accused of them; and yes, even you who disagree with me have been accused of them. So, what really is a personal attack? Let me share a few that make the list (according to my definition): Moron Idiot Jerk Fool Stupid Dumb Heretic (in the loose way in which it is commonly used) Ignorant (yes, I am guilty of using this one) These type of personal attacks cause conversations to get nasty and unproductive. It also casts our brothers and sisters in a negative light. There may be times to use such language, but not in a public Internet forum. Again, this is my opinion. But what about terms that are considered personal attacks (by some), but really do not fit that description? Here are a few for consideration: Arminian Calvinist Determinist Free Willer Open Theist Synergist Monergist Uninformed Misinformed semi-Pelagian Amyraldian I have seen posters get their knickers in a twist about these words, even if they accurately describe what they believe. Of course you can use a non-offensive word in an offensive manner. If you purposely put a label on someone that does not apply, you may be using that label as a pejorative, so your intent may determine whether it is a personal attack. There are many more words that can be added to both lists. So, mine is not the final word on the matter. One last comment. I think that some posters have very thin skin and take offense when none is intended. Debate forums can be hard hitting. That is the nature of debate. Yes. Personal attacks should be avoided, but they are going to slip out on occasion. It is the job of the moderators to control that, and personally speaking, they either do not see, or choose to ignore most of them. It would be better for poster's to trade in their thin skin for a thick hide. It does not excuse rude, arrogant, and caustic posts, but it just might allow you to consider the source and dismiss them a lot easier. As for me? Well, I am a work in progress in this area. I have apologized for my offenses on this board and labor hard to keep my words honoring to God; all will still being able to engage in vigorous debate.