St. Augustine: . . . I most firmly believe that the authors were completely free from error. . . .

Icon of St. Augustine of Hippo“For I confess to your Charity that I have learned to yield this respect and honour only to the canonical books of Scripture: of these alone do I most firmly believe that the authors were completely free from error. And if in these writings I am perplexed by anything which appears to me opposed to truth, I do not hesitate to suppose that either the manuscript is faulty, or the translator has not caught the meaning of what was said, or I myself have failed to understand it.”

— St. Augustine, Letter to St. Jerome, 1:3