St. Augustine was one of the most influential men ever to walk the planet. As the old Roman world was falling apart, he laid the foundations for a new society. He invented new literary genres. He wrote with authority about politics, morals, music, history, Scripture, logic, marriage, education, prayer, and how to care for a dead body. He was a pioneer of scientific method. He served in the court of an emperor. He excelled as a bishop, a judge, a teacher, and an author.