Blogger Ken Keathley has written an excellent article: When Writing about Those with Whom You Disagree. His 3 rules of thumb:
- Describe your opponent’s position in such a way that he can recognize it.
- Know your opponent’s position well enough that you could argue it for him.
- Write as if your opponent and you were going to dinner together after you finish.
Number 1 builds trust through not exaggerating or distorting. No straw men which are easily demolished.
Number 2 builds understanding through study, not to destroy but to be able to present the opposing view also.
Number 3 builds relationship while disagreeing on an issue.