The only thing that will convince some skeptics of the authenticity of the Bible is death.
It could be fun to start a list and let others add to it. I'll begin ...
Can you read the Old Testament and come away thinking it was Israel “idealizing” their past? If so, they did a really bad job of sugarcoating things to make themselves look good. However, they were excellent at making predictions/prophecies.
Of the historians of the Enlightenment, the only ones who are reliable are Hume and Gibbons. Hume was a political conservative and Gibbons was a first rate scholar who grudgingly let the evidence speak for itself, which is why his tone is so ironical. The rest were like Voltaire, propogandists, and faux scholars. Voltaire, whose idol was Newton, had a high school students knowledge of physics. His historical technique was methodical doubt. So he begins by doubting the value of everything and then twisting the evidence to fit his conclusions. He despised everything medieval because of his hatred for the Church,and despite his love of England, refused to see that its institutions were all rooted in medieval practice. Burke rejected the French Revolution because took the historical picture and touched it up, adding warts to what it disliked and removing them from those things it did like.