Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. In the days before people made money out of writing and the intellectual property rights that associated with that, thanks no doubt in part to Mr Caxton's invention, the ascription of authorship may indeed have been a matter of honour, or indeed a means of allowing the message contained to be listened to as having a greater authority than it might otherwise have. From a scholarly point of view from our position the means of forming an opinion may well, in part at least, depend on an analysis of the text. Given that the Pastoral Epistles appear to have been written to individuals, they may well be expected to perhaps be a little more casual, than the letters that were constructed to be read to the whole congregation, so they might have a different style. The matters addressed may also be a clue, were they matters that belonged to the Pauline period, or perhaps they were matters relating to later in the life of the early Church. One thing that would not expect to change is the theological basis of the content. So I would contend that the basis for that would be conformity to the theology of the letter to the Romans, in which we find Paul discussing the things that mattered to him most, and the authorship of the letter is all but universally accepted. I do believe that there is a place for biblical scholarship and indeed for biblical criticism. I personally feel that simply labelling it as Roman propaganda is unreasonable. The authorship of the Pastoral Epistles is a subject of discussion, and there is good reason for that. My feeling is that if they are Pauline then they are very late in his ministry, and I would certainly allow for, and be open to, the possibility that they may have been written in the spirit of Paul some time later. That in no way diminishes the authority of the scriptures, and I refuse to be forced into taking an approach to Holy Scripture that becomes a reflection of the Muslim approach to the Koran. All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical.