I saw this in The End of Faith and it was just too good to not put out there.
We know that no evidence would be sufficient to authenticate many of the pope's core beliefs. How could anyone born in the twentieth century come to know that Jesus was actually born of a virgin? What process of ratiocination, mystical or otherwise, will deliver the necessary facts about a Galilean woman's sexual history (facts that run entirely counter to well-known facts of human biology)? There is no such process. Even a time machine could not help us, unless we were willing to keep watch over Mary 24 hours a day for the months surrounding the probable time of Jesus' conception (The End of Faith, p. 76, emphasis author's).
That will work though - we can play this game forever. No evidence will suffice to prove to me that the variety of organisms we see today are descendants of a single ancestor and that their variation is accounted for by natural selection acting on mutation.
Shoot, no evidence will be sufficient to prove that Sam Harris even exists.
I wonder if any other quotation of these New Atheist books displays the beast of presupposition more clearly. No argument, no evidence will sway him. The inductive reasoning he has employed to come to his decision is final and unquestionable.
Gone, ephemeral, is any claim he could make to impartiality.
Badly needed is the Holy Spirit's renewal of his mind. I thank God He changed mine.