Top Ten Influences in Christian History?

A colleague of mine just emailed a discussion group I’m in to ask for our lists of the ten most influential people in Christian history, not counting the apostles.  Here’s mine, omitting Luther, which my friend had already mentioned.

  • St. Augustine
  • St. Jerome
  • St. Benedict
  • St. Francis of Assisi (and St. Clare of Assisi)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Thomas a Kempis
  • St. Teresa of Avila (and John of the Cross)
  • John Calvin
  • Karl Barth
  • C.S. Lewis
I was tempted to add Cyrus Scofield, who wound up being enormously influential in the American scene, but I think it was a negative influence, so disqualified him.
And, yes, I’m about 64% Catholic these days.

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