“Since Christ died for all men, and since the ultimate vocation of man is in fact one, and divine, we ought to believe that the Holy Spirit in a manner known only to God offers to every man the possibility of being associated with this paschal mystery.” (Gaudium et Spes, 22)
Why would early Christians in Corinth “obey” a bishop from hundreds of miles away in Rome?
The Bible can’t be properly understood without authoritative guides — and those guides can’t be self-appointed.
This is the blessing of apologetics — one’s faith gets strengthened all the time by seeing how the Bible is right again and again
If we really want to understand the definition of “religion,” why not go to the Bible?
World War II and all of its hideous fruit is squarely the fault of humans, not God.