The Second Eclectic

Technology changes how we relate to God and each other

Plotting out an argument


We've all seen plot diagrams like this for stories. They can be fiction or nonfiction, but they usually follow this pattern in order to tell a "good" story.

I was thinking about the way we develop arguments in nonfiction writing. I think it's limited to a certain sort of commentary/analysis type of writing, but I think most Christian nonfiction tends to use this pattern. Here it is:


particular --> universal/thesis --> antithesis --> preferred future particular


Does this make sense? Would you say this is a typical pattern? How should it be modified? Are there good books/articles/essays that defy this pattern? Are there good books/articles/essays that follow this pattern?