Issue 65 Ten Most Influential Christians of the 20th Century

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The Ten Most Influential Christians of the Twentieth Century: Introductory Timeline — Visionary Years

It was an ambitious and sometimes tragic century in which Christians lived out the gospel.

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Billy Graham

As an evangelist he has preached to millions; as an evangelical he put a movement on the map.

William Martin

Pentecostalism: William Seymour

What scoffers viewed as a weird babble of tongues became a world phenomenon after his Los Angeles revival.

Vinson Synan

Ministries of Mercy: Mother Teresa

She stirred a generation by touching the untouchables.

Ruth A. Tucker

Neo-Orthodoxy: Karl Barth

He revived orthodoxy when mere moralism and humanism had seemingly won over the theological world.

Mark Galli

Apologetics: C.S. Lewis

The atheist scholar who became an Anglican, an apologist, and a patron saint of Christians everywhere.

Ted Olsen

Roman Catholic Reform: John XXIII

Elected to be a caretaker pope, he decided instead to revolutionize Catholicism.

Elesha Coffman

Literature of Protest: Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

The high school physics-teacher-turned-novelist whose writings shook an empire.

Edward E. Ericson, Jr.

Globalism: John Paul II

In issuing more significant encyclicals and visiting more nations than any other pope, he’s shown that Christianity remains a world force.

Richard John Neuhaus

Missions and Ecumenism: John R. Mott

Evangelist and ecumenist.

Mark Galli

Martin Luther King, Jr.

No Christian played a more prominent role in the 20th century’s most significant social justice movement.

Russel Moldovan

Third World: Rumblings to the South

In Africa and elsewhere, third-world Christians are shaking society.

Derek Peterson

Survey Results: What Do You Think?

How our scholars and general readers voted in the Most Influential Christians of the Century survey.

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