Though I don’t think all that much is affected by one’s opinions on this matter, I have no problem seeing Paul as the author of the Pastoral epistles. Many will disagree, and that’s ok. Among those who would/do, I found this quote by Vincent Taylor regarding the issue to be humorous:
“A constant embarrassment so long as we must champion the theory of Pauline authorship, they shed a welcome light upon the dark years out of which they emerge.” p. 13, The Atonement in New Testament Teaching (emphasis mine)
I wonder if many who hold to non-Pauline authorship of the pastorals would consider such a theory an embarrassment? Seems a bit much to me!
Αυτω η δοξα,