I just ran across this "what-not-to-do-in-a-debate list" in an old (2002) journal article by Dr. Richard Mayhue. The specific context is eschatological debates (hence item 2) but I thought the list is generally helpful. I see far too many good and healthy debates turn into useless bantering because the debating parties delved into one or more of the following behaviors: 1. Putting non-biblical, historical documents on an equal par with Scripture to gain a greater sense of authority for one’s conclusion or even to refute a biblical presentation. 2. Reading current events into the Scripture to prove one’s point. 3. Inserting one’s predetermined position, without first proving it, into a Scripture passage to gain apparent biblical support. 4. Attacking the character of one who holds a particular view in order to discredit the view. 5. Accusing an advocate of an opposing view of holding certain unacceptable interpretations or beliefs, when in fact he does not, in order to demonstrate falsely his apparent poor scholarship. 6. Employing selective data to make one’s point, when full disclosure would have actually weakened the conclusion. 7. Drawing unwarranted and erroneous implications from the Greek NT text that are used to override the more obvious and determinative conclusions derived from the passage’s context.