Understood. However, this thread is about who is and who is not "authority." Therefore it seems to me quite pertinent.
That's the issue. Why is an exponent of Christendom considered an authority on Christianity? A Catholic authority on Catholicism is one thing but his opinion cannot be assumed an authority on Christianity. The power trip that the Roman church was on was instrumental in speeding up the descent of Christianity into Christendom.
But I know that an authority on Catholicism will be considered an authority on Christianity which is as short sighted as Chief Red Clould being considered an authority on Reform Judaism.
There are numerous warnings in the Bible concerning these false Prophets who are authorities on self deception. I see no reason to accept "experts" because they are popular and contribute to spirit killing by distorting Christianity. Just look at some of these warnings about false prophets. But we are to have blind faith that they somehow represent Christianity.. Hopefully, not everyone is this gullible.
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