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During the thirtieth chapter of Alma in the Book of Mormon, Korihor (who is presented as an atheist in the text but appears to be little more than agnostic at best, and an outright liar at worst) is asked about his knowledge of God, which he denies. What happens next is a response by Alma, which emulates the type of weak argument the faithful throw at unbelievers…even today:

“And now what evidence have ye that there is no God, or that Christ cometh not? I say unto you that ye have none, save it be your word only. But, behold, I have all things as a testimony that these things are true; and ye also have all things as a testimony unto you that they are true; and will ye deny them?”

~Alma 30:40-41~

Alma acts as if he’s the plaintiff in the matter of the existence of God, when he is, in fact, a defendant. When it comes to the burden of proof, it falls firmly at the door of the one purporting the incredible and/or supernatural, and not at the feet of the bystander. Just because authority figures attempt to bully people into their brand of evidence, it is still nothing more than belief and faith.