Essay:Most Influential Persons

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1. Jesus. “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1: 3) That influence is hard to beat.
2. John the Apostle, the author of the most influential work in history, the Gospel of John.
3. Eve. All humans have inherited their sinful nature from Eve.
4. Noah. “So the lord said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth… for I am sorry that I have made them.’ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6: 7-8) God preserved his creation for the sake of Noah.
5. Abraham. Abraham was the father of the Jews and the Moslems through Isaac and Ishmael respectively. He sacrificed Isaac on mount Moriah and is and remains a great example of faith.
6. Moses. Leader of the Israelites through whom God gave the Ten Commandments.
7. David. Second king of Israel whose psalms have great influence to this day.
8. Paul. Evangelist and author of many new-testament books.
9. Alexander the Great. Conqueror of, and spreader of Greek culture to, most of the known world.
10. Constantine. Roman emperor who spread Christianity.
11. Julius Caesar. Great Roman dictator whose murder set the stage for the Roman Empire.
12. Thomas Jefferson. Third President of the United States, author of the Declaration of Independance, and mover/shaker in the Bill of Rights.
13. Simon Peter, Saint Peter, first among the Apostles. ₮K/Talk
(above list modified from a version submitted by Benjamin S.)

Julius Caesar
George Washington
Isaac Newton
Alexander the Great
Thomas Edison
Martin Luther
Nicolaus Copernicus.
(submitted by Nathanael H.)

1. Jesus
2. Adam ( and Eve)
3. Abraham
4. Muhammad
5. Apostle Paul
6. Karl Marx
7. Martin Luther
8. Charles Darwin
9. Aristotle
10. Charles Martel
(submitted by Daniel M.)

1. Jesus
2. Moses
3. Mohammed
4. Buddha
5. Confucius
6. Alexander the Great
7. Napoleon
8. Paul (the Apostle)
9. Sir Isaac Newton
10. Louis Pasteur
(submitted by Duncan B.)

1. Jesus Christ
2. Noah
3. Moses
4. The Apostle Paul
5. Socrates
6. Archimedes
7. John Locke
8. Sir Isaac Newton
9. Alexander the Great
10. Christopher Columbus
(submitted by Chris J.)

1. Jesus
2. Alexander the Great
3. Mohammed
4. Karl Marx
5. Socrates
6. Martin Luther
7. Charles Darwin
8. Louis Pasteur
9. William Shakespeare
10. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(submitted by Julianna M.)

1. Jesus Christ: Central figure in Christianity.
2. Mohammad: Founder of Islam.
3. Isaac Newton: A physicist who discovered the theory of universal gravitation, the laws of motion, and major developments in mathematics, optics, and thermodynamics.
4. Moses: A prophet of Judaism and the leader of Israel.
5. Buddha: The Founder of Buddhism.
6. Confucius: The Founder of Confucianism.
7. Albert Einstein: A physicist who discovered the theory of relativity, and Einsteinian physics.
8. Ts'ai Lun: The inventor of paper.
9. Johannes Gutenberg: the inventor who developed movable type and printing.
10. Christopher Columbus: An explorer who led Europe to the Americas.
(submitted by Tyler M.)

1. Jesus Christ
2. Mohammad
3. Augustus Caesar
4. Christopher Columbus
5. Vladimir Lenin
6. Charles Darwin
7. Alexander the Great
8. Albert Einstein
9. Constantine the Great
10. Martin Luther
(submitted by Max M.)

George Washington
Benjamin Franklin
Alexander the Great
Thomas Edison
Mikhail Kalashnikov (inventor of the AK-47)
Winston Churchill
Julius Cesar
And of course, Jesus.
(submitted by Scott J.)

1. Jesus (His death opened the gateways of heaven for all mankind.)
2. Confucius (His system of thought laid the foundation of society in China, Korea, and Japan.)
3. Muhammad (Founded Islam which for good or ill has been one of the most influential religions both politically and culturally)
4. Socrates
5. Henry Ford (built the first popular automobile and started mass production)
6. Archimedes (laid the foundation for mathematics)
7. Alexander the Great (spread the Greek language and conquered the world)
8. Ronald Reagan (parted the Iron Curtain)
9. Shakespeare (his writings shaped English culture and therefore the World)
10. Winston Churchill (Inspired the British and their allies to resist the Nazis)
(Billy M.)

Billy M.'s list seems like a good one. Let me add in:

  1. St. Paul--without him, the Christian religion would probably still be a splinter sect of Judaism.
  2. Charles Darwin
  3. Adolf Hitler (You didn't say GOOD, just influential.)
  4. Karl Marx
  5. Abraham Lincoln, whose election catalyzed the Civil War, and finally abolished slavery in the United States.
  6. Rupert Murdoch, without whom Bush would never be president.
  7. George W. Bush
  8. Osama Bin Laden: did more damage to the USA with boxcutters than the Soviet Union could ever have done with nukes.
  9. Bill Gates: For bringing computing to the masses. Buggy, inferior computing, but computing nonetheless.
  10. Tim Berners-Lee: for thinking up the World-Wide Web, the biggest advance in communication since the telephone.
  11. Gutenberg, for the other biggest advance.
  12. Tom Paine, for writing Common Sense.
  13. Adam Smith, who, much like Jesus, is invoked the loudest by those who haven't really read him.

--Gulik5 14:26, 12 April 2008 (EDT)