Saint Augustine contributed heavily towards the ancient Western Church; many scholars believed that no one else can even come close to matching his contribution towards the Western Church. Saint Augustine was not a Christian by birth, his Father was not a Christian but his mother was a Christian, he decided to become a Christian very late in his life and the same also changed his life completely. Saint Augustine’s childhood was unremarkable. He was caught red handed for stealing pears and he also acknowledges several things that he should not have done in his autobiographical work.
Saint Augustine read Cicero's Hortensius at the tender age of nineteen and Cicero's work deeply influenced Saint Augustine. It made Saint Augustine inquisitive; he started asking himself philosophical questions and also started doing experiments, the effects of these experiments and questions stayed with Saint Augustine ever since.