If this is a Truth question, then it should be closed.
If it is a historical question, then it should be left open.
The problem is, with this case, I can't tell if it's a Truth question or a historical question. I just found this guy's divinity school dissertation, doubting the mainstream scholarly view that Jesus was really the disciple of John the Baptist, let alone baptized by John the Baptist as a result of discipleship. I think a good answer should address and explain both the mainstream scholarly view as well as that guy's view, because academic papers are usually about critical thinking and development of older ideas.
If the question is regarded as a Truth question, then would academia serve as stand-alone sources, or would they be affiliated with the divinity school or seminary that the authors are affiliated with?