CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – Augustine was one of the greatest theologians in all of Christian history. He was a tremendous thinker about how the church should operate and was the first to expound on and articulate the doctrine of predestination. He also believed parts of the Apocrypha were Scripture and that church tradition was equal to the Bible – which is where the Roman Catholic Church stands today. But he wasn’t always thinking about heavenly things and a later time in his life, after sewing quite the number of wild seeds, was baptized on April 17, 387. His constant thoughts of how totally depraved he was before a Holy God greatly influenced his development of his doctrine.