The average Christian may not regularly consider the matter of authority. He knows what he believes and where it comes from, or at least he thinks he does.

He may assume he knows what the Bible says or what his denomination has always believed or even what God wants him to do. Yet, not all Christians agree on what the Bible says. And not all members of a denomination agree, or there wouldn’t be so many splintered denominations. And certainly all Christians don’t agree on what God wants—it’s rare to find even two Christians who agree on this! Here in lies the question, or should I say, problem of authority: when there are two or more opinions on what the Bible say, or what a denomination believes, or what God wants—or what is true or false, right or wrong—how are we to decide? What is the trustworthy authority to which we can turn to help us know what is true? In this section, we hope to address this question.

Going Deeper

Jeffrey Morrow, Jewish Atheist turned Catholic Christian

February 29, 2016

The Journey Home

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James Tonkowich

How Not to Become a Catholic Part 3: Unity & Schism

February 29, 2012



By What Authority do you Preach?

March 16, 2010


Personal Testimonies

Magnet of Truth: From Baptist to Catholic

March 2, 2016


From Cocaine to Christ

December 2, 2015


On Whose Authority?

June 2, 2014

How Being a Baptist Prepared Me to be a Good Catholic

August 21, 2013

Dr. Frank Hermann

Toward the Celestial City

April 23, 2012

Searching for Authority

January 18, 2011


What Is Truth?

January 13, 2011

Looking into Scripture

The Christian and the Governing Authorities — Romans 13:1-14 Continued

April 10, 2015

Deep in Scripture

Hold Fast to the Traditions You Were Taught, 2 Thessalonians 2:15

December 16, 2009

Deep in Scripture


Binding & Loosing, Matthew 16:19, 18:18

December 9, 2009

Deep in Scripture

Settling Doctrinal Disputes, Acts 15:1-31 (Part 2)

January 24, 2007

Deep in Scripture

Settling Doctrinal Disputes, Acts 15:1-31 (Part 1)

January 17, 2007

Deep in Scripture

Deep in History

History and the Necessity of Continuity

October 9, 2014

Deep in History

The Rule of Faith in Patristic Thought

March 16, 2010


Kenneth Howell

The Crisis of Authority in the Reformation

March 16, 2010


Fr. Richard Bradford: Former Episcopal Priest

April 9, 1999

The Journey Home

Other Voices

Catholic Church: Superior to the Bible?

December 8, 2015

On Protestantism and Authority

December 7, 2015

Recommended Books & Documents

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