Nearly all of the faithful suffer from an acute form of confirmation bias: they start with a core belief first and work their way backward to specific beliefs. For example, if one starts with a belief in Christ as divine, any discussion of evidence—tombs, witnesses, etc.—will almost always be futile. Any piece of contradictory evidence one brings into the discussion will never be sufficient to warrant a change in belief.
Contradictory evidence will be discarded as anomalous, offensive, irrelevant, preposterous, or highly unlikely.
—Peter Boghossian, philosopher, author of A Manual for Creating Atheists, pp. 72-73
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