I met a Mormon who once told me about the Great Apostasy. He said "The Old Testament prophesied, you watch it unfold in the New Testament, and you can make observations from history that confirm it."To me this seemed like a great topic so I asked, "Can you demonstrate that the Old Testament indeed prophesies this?" I received no answer save that I should talk to a missionary about it.I couldn"t help myself and asked, "At least you can show me where the Great Apostasy is unfolding in the New Testament?" For this I received the same answer.In frustration I asked, "Well, what historical evidence is there for the Great Apostasy?" I got a different answer here and it was, "The Restoration of the Church by Joseph Smith."In short, there was a Restoration. Therefore, there had to be a Great Apostasy.This by definition is Ad Hoc. To save the desired end, Mormonism, I believe that good people, for the sake of their prophet"s name, had to go out hunting for evidence and try to shoehorn the great apostasy theory into the Old, and New Testament to make the only historical proof, the existence of Mormon, seem more credible.This debate is intended to be a series to give a Mormon representative an opportunity to make a case for the Great Apostasy. Here it is limited to in the Old Testament prophesy claim. This leave me in the very choice position of testing the claims and see if any of them hold water.