JOSEPH SMITH HISTORY: “He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do; … He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang.” –Joseph Smith, History, verses 33-34. [source]
COMMENTARY: One fascinating difference between history and fiction is that events described in history actually took place at a specific physical location on this planet. Yet you want me to believe that your Book of Mormon, which purports to describe peoples who numbered well into the millions, over a time period exceeding 1000 years, is factually true when you have yet to constrain even a single event it describes on this continent to a particular piece of dirt it supposedly happened on? I may have been born at night, but it certainly wasn’t last night. Here’s a pro tip, kids: truth leaves evidence. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.