Originally posted by utherpendragon
[b]This statement is false.
"It is the belief of the majority of biblical scholars." -rwingett
Name just a few of these biblical scholars who make up this majority.[/b]
Of Paul's thirteen epistles, there is broad agreement that seven were indisputably written by Paul (Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, and Philemon). Ephesians, Colossians, and 2 Thessalonians are known as the 'Deutero-Pauline Epistles'. There is much disagreement as to whether they were actually written by Paul. 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus are known as the 'Pastoral Epistles.' There is broad agreement that they were not written by Paul, but were written by someone else and merely attributed to Paul.
It seems that it is the Christians themselves who are least aware of these things. You can read about the authorship of the Pauline epistles on Wikipedia, for example. It is non-controversial stuff. Two of the scholars that I am aware of who have written about this are Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. Their book, The First Paul
, makes that case that the theology of the Deutero-Pauline Epistles, and especially of the Pastoral Epistles, is very different from that of the undisputed epistles. If you read the undisputed epistles by themselves, you come away with a very different picture of Paul than you do if you include the disputed and non-Pauline epistles.
Edit: I thought it was significant that all three passages quoted by Josephw in his second post came from the Pastoral Epistles.