Yesterday the mother; today the son. St. Augustine in many ways is a pagan Paul. He gave his life over to the wisdom of men for 30 or so years before finding faith. And yet God used his great learning to shape Church theology even to this day. If Pope John Paul II was a Thomist (Thomas Aquinas) in his thought, then Pope Benedict is Augustinian. Let us remember that God can take anything and turn it for the good of the Gospel.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
26 Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, 28 and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, 29 so that no human being might boast before God. 30 It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.”