St. Augustine’s Approach to Scripture

In a letter to St. Jerome, Augustine comments on his view of the Bible, especially when dealing with a passage that is difficult to understand. He writes,

“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.” Augustine, Letter 82, Chapter 1, § 3

What a humble approach to the Bible from a very faithful man. It would be great to see more people approach the scriptures with such faith.

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