What was THE most important factor that kept Augustine from fully accepting Christianity, and what led him to overcome this factor?

Not so much in a religious context, only as much as the text itself allows, but more so in a historical view. I've read about St. Augustine multiple times from both the religious and historical stand point and yet this question stumps me with its directness yet broadness.

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Augustine struggled with the idea of "spiritual substance" - how, he wondered, could God be spiritual but still have created man in his own image? I know that Augustine also had trouble with literal and figurative interpretations of the Bible. He struggled between reading the Bible at its face value and the switching to a metaphorical and figurative analysis.