The 50 Most Influential Religious Figures in American History
Joe Carter has published his list of the 50 Most Influential Religious Figures in American History. I won’t reprint the list here, but it’s an interesting list. Unfortunately, he gives the list in alphabetical order. I would have liked to see him try to rank these people in order of influence/significance. That’s always an impossible task, but it’s fun to watch people try.
I did notice some surprising omissions.
- American liberal theology was noticeably underrepresented. What about William Ellery Channing, Harry Ward Beecher, and Harry Emerson Fosdick?
- And, since we’re talking about American religiosity in general, where are the Transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau?
- What about U.S. Hispanic religious leaders? Certainly figures like Padre Martinez or Virgilio Elizondo are worthy of consideration.
- And, of course, let’s not forget Gary Larson. I think my generation learned more about religion from the Far Side cartoons than any of the above combined.
Is there anyone that you would want to see included in a list like this?
Posted on August 20, 2010, in Historical Theology and tagged American Church history, Gary Larson, Harry Emerson Fosdick, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Religion, United States, Virgilio Elizondo, William Ellery Channing. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.