In the introduction to his book Credible Christianity, Anglican Bishop Hugh Montefiore comments:
‘The doctrine of biblical inerrancy seems inherently improbable, for two reasons:
Firstly, the Scriptures contain what seem to be evident errors and contradictions (although great ingenuity has been applied to explain these away).
Secondly, the books of the Old and New Testaments did not gain their place within the “canon”, or list of approved books, as soon as they were written. The Old Testament canon was not closed until late in the Apostolic age, and the New Testament canon was not finally closed until the fourth century. If all the Bible’s contents were inerrant, one would have thought that this would have become apparent within a much shorter period.’
Huge Montefiore, Credible Christianity: The Gospel in Contemporary Society, London: Mowbray, 1993; Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1994. p. 5.