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?