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Friday, 5 April 2013

TOP 10: Most Influential People In History


There have been many people in the history who have greatly influenced the human race, some have positively influenced us while others negatively throughout the history. They all had proved to be turning points in the history. Their teachings are still followed today. This list contains 10 such great people who had influenced the   
world positively.

The first person on the list is the Prophet of Islam Muhammad. Muhammad was "supremely successful" in both the religious and secular realms. Also Muhammad's role in the development of Islam was far more influential than Jesus' collaboration in the development of Christianity. The development of Christianity can be attributed to St. Paul, who played a pivotal role in its dissemination.

1. Muhammad

Muhammad the Prophet of Islam

>Time Frame- c. 570-632

>Occupation- Secular and religious leader.

The central human figure of Islam, regarded by Muslims as a prophet of God and the last messenger. Active as a social reformer, diplomat, merchant, philosopher, orator, legislator, military leader, humanitarian, philanthropist.

As his father had died shortly after marriage his grandfather ‘Abd al-Muttalib became his guardian. ‘Abd al-Muttalib was the respected head of the clan of Hashim and the tribe of Quraysh, to which his clan belonged. With the Quraysh being the biggest and most influential tribe in Mecca, ‘Abd al-Muttalib was seen as the master of all of Mecca. The Quraysh had a special status in Mecca because they used to be in charge of the sacred Ka’ba.

The Prophet was only about five to six years old when he lost his mother. Orphan Muhammad then lost his grandfather and custodian ‘Abd al-Muttalib at the age of eight. Now one of ‘Abd al-Muttalib’s sons, Abu Talib, became the guardian of his orphan nephew.

When Muhammad was twenty five years old, he was hired by a woman called Khadija to take her merchandize to Syria. Khadija, a widow fifteen years Muhammad’s senior, later proposed marriage to him, which he agreed to. They lived together for almost a quarter of a century, until the death of Khadija about 8-9 years after the revelation of the Qur’an.

It is interesting to note that Muhammad did not get married to any other woman during Khadija’s life, despite the fact that polygamy was common practice in that society. Living out his youth with only one woman in that highly polygamous environment contradicts Muhammad’s lecherous image in the Western mind.

Muhammad was deeply interested in matters beyond this mundane life. He used to frequent a cave that became known as “Hira‘” on the Mountain of “Nur” (light) for contemplation. The cave itself, which survived the times, gives a very vivid image of Muhammad’s spiritual inclinations. Resting on the top of one of the mountains north of Mecca, the cave is completely isolated from the rest of the world. In fact, it is not easy to find at all even if one knew it existed. After visiting the cave, I found myself concluding that Muhammad must have been divinely guided to that hideaway, even if he had chosen it consciously. Once inside the cave, it is a total isolation. Nothing can be seen other than the clear, beautiful sky above and the many surrounding mountains. Very little of this world can be seen or heard from inside the cave. The inhabitant of that cave was obviously interested in things beyond this world and its material riches.

It was in that cave in 610 CE, i.e. at the age of forty, that Prophet Muhammad received from Allah the first verses of the Qur’an. Then and there, history changed.

2. Isaac Newton

Issac Newton

>Time Frame- 1643-1727

>Occupation- Scientist 

Does this famous personality even needs an introduction? Loved by Science lovers whereas hated by most of the science students Isaac Newton is one of the greatest physicts world has ever come across of(other being Albert Einstein, 10th entry).

Isaac Newton was born at Woolsthorpe near Grantham on 25 December 1642. His father died before he was born and in 1645 his mother marred a clergyman from North Welham in Leicestershire and went to live with him while Isaac Newton lived with his grandmother. When her second husband died in 1656 Isaac’s mother returned to Woolsthorpe and Isaac Newton went to live with her again.

From the age of 12 to 14 Isaac Newton went to Grantham Grammar School. During this time he lodged with an apothecary and his family. Then in 1659 Isaac had to leave to help his mother on the family farm. Isaac Newton was not in the slightest bit interested in running a farm and in 1660 he went to the grammar school again. In 1661 he went to Trinity College Cambridge. Isaac Newton obtained a BA in 1665. In 1666 Isaac Newton was forced to flee Cambridge because of an outbreak of the plague and he returned temporarily to Woolsthorpe. He returned to university in 1667.

In 1667 Isaac Newton was elected a fellow of Trinity College. The same year he was elected a member of the Royal Society. In February 1672 a paper he wrote about light and colours was read to the society. In 1669 Isaac Newton became Lucasian professor of mathematics. In the meantime, in 1668, he invented a reflecting telescope.

Isaac Newton published his masterpiece Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica in 1687. It set out his theory of gravity and his laws of motion.

In 1695 Isaac Newton was made Ward of the mint and in 1699 Master of the mint. He resigned his fellowship and professorship at Cambridge in 1701.

In 1703 Isaac Newton became president of the Royal Society. He was knighted in 1705.

Meanwhile in 1704 Isaac Newton published another great work about light.

Isaac Newton died at the age of 84 on 20 March 1727.

So in short- He was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian. His law of universal gravitation and three laws of motion laid the groundwork for classical mechanics.

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3. Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

>Time Frame- 7–2 BC/BCE to 30–36 AD/CE

>Occupation- Spiritual Leader

Jesus (also called Christ which means king or Messiah) was born in Israel 2000 years ago. Modern civilization marks his birth by dividing time B.C. (before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini - or the year of our Lord). For his first thirty years, Jesus lived a traditional Jewish life, working as a carpenter. During this time, all of Israel was under Caesar's Roman dictatorship, including Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, and Nazareth, where he was raised.

In his thirties, Jesus began his public teaching and display of recorded miracles, yet still never travelled more than 200 miles from his birthplace. Over a three year period, despite his efforts to keep a low profile, Jesus' reputation spread nation wide. The Roman governors and rulers of Israel's provinces and the leaders of the Jewish people (the religious counsels) took note of him. Jesus' key messages included:

  • God loves you and is with you
  • Love one another
  • Immense value of each person
  • Good news: kingdom of God has come to earth
  • Reality of judgment to heaven or hell
  • God forgives those who ask

Many have asked "Who is Jesus Christ?" Jesus' most controversial act was that he repeatedly claimed to be God, which was a direct violation of the Jewish law. Therefore the religious leaders asked the Roman government to execute him. In each of several official trials, the Romans found that he was not guilty of breaking any Roman law. Even the Jewish leaders recognized that other than Jesus' claim to be God, Jesus followed the Jewish law perfectly. Still the religious leaders, using the argument of political disfavor, persuaded Pilate, a Roman governor of the Southern province of Israel, to authorize an execution.

Jesus was brutally tortured and then hung by his hands, which were nailed to a horizontal wooden beam (cross). This method of execution restricted the airflow to his lungs, killing him in three hours. However, according to more than 500 witnesses, Jesus returned from the dead three days later, and over the next 40 days journeyed in both the southern and northern provinces of Israel. To many, this was conclusive proof that Jesus' claims to be God were real. Then Jesus returned to Jerusalem, the city where he was recently executed, and according to witnesses, he left the earth alive by rising up into the sky.

As a result of these miraculous events, the number of his followers increased dramatically. Only a few months later in that same city of Jerusalem one record states that some 3000 new followers were added in a single day. The religious leaders responded by trying to stomp out Jesus' followers. Many of these people chose to die rather than deny their belief that Jesus was truly God.

Within 100 years, people throughout the Roman empire (Asia Minor, Europe) became followers of Jesus. In 325 AD, the following of Jesus, Christianity, became the official religion of the Roman Emperor Constantine. Within 500 years, even Greece's temples of Greek gods were transformed into churches for followers of Jesus. Although some of Jesus' messages and teachings were diluted or miscommunicated through the expansion of a religious institution, Jesus' original words and life still speak loudly for themselves.

4. Buddha


>Time Frame- 563-483 BC

>Occupation- Spiritual Leader

Traditional belief is that he was born a prince in Lumbinī, Nepal in the Terai lowlands near the foothills of the Himalayas. However, considerable archeological evidence now shows that he may have been born in Kalinga -- now Orissa in India. In common with many other great religious leaders, many miraculous stories were associated with his birth. He emerged from his mother's side without causing her any pain. The earth shook as he was born. As a newborn, he was miraculously showered with water. He stood up, took seven steps, announced that he would be the "chief of the world." He also stated that this would be his last reincarnation.

He was given the name Siddhãrtha Gautama.  Siddhãrtha means "one who has achieved his aim." Gautama was his clan name. He was sometimes referred to as Śãkyamuni which means "the sage of the Śãkyas." Śãkyamuni was raised as a Hindu. His parents assumed that he would succeed his father later in his life. His parents were concerned about a prophecy that astrologers gave at the time of his birth. They predicted that he would become either a universal monarch or a monk who would be a great religious teacher. His parents raised him in a state of luxury in the hope that he would become attached to earthly things and to pleasure. This would make it less likely that he choose the religious life.

Some sources say that he took four journeys by chariot. Other sources say he had four visions. During the first trip/vision he was deeply disturbed by seeing an elderly, helpless, frail man. On the second, he saw an emaciated and depressed man suffering from an advanced disease. On the third, he spotted a grieving family carrying the corpse of one of their own to a cremation site. He reflected deeply upon the suffering brought about by old age, illness and death. On his fourth trip/vision, he saw a religious mendicant -- a śramaņa -- who led a reclusive life of meditation, and was calm and serene. The four encounters motivated him to follow the path of the mendicant and find a spiritual solution to the problems brought about by human suffering.

He left his wife, child, luxurious lifestyle, and future role as a leader of his people in order to seek truth. It was an accepted practice at the time for some men to leave their family and lead the life of an ascetic.

One night In 535 BCE, at the age of 35, he was seated underneath a large tree -- later known as the Bodhi tree (species Pipal or ficus religiosus). He began to experience some major spiritual breakthroughs:

  • During the first watch of the night, he developed the ability to recall the events of his previous reincarnations in detail.
  • During the second watch, he was able to see how the good and bad deeds that many living entities performed during their lifetimes led to the nature of their subsequent reincarnation into their next life. 
  • During the third watch, he learned that he had progressed beyond "spiritual defilements," craving, desire, hatred, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, fear, doubt, and delusions. He had attained nirvana. He would never again be reincarnated into a future life.

He had attained enlightenment! "He became a savior, deliverer, and redeemer." 

After attaining enlightenment he assumed the title Lord Buddha. For seven days, he puzzled over his future: whether to withdraw from the world and live a life of seclusion, or whether to reenter the world and teach his Middle Way. He decided on the latter course: to proclaim his Dharma (teachings) to other humans so that they could also attain enlightenment.

He located five of his fellow seekers with whom he had earlier fasted, and rejoined them near Benares. They quickly became aware of the changes brought about by his enlightenment. It was to them that he preached his first sermon. It contained the essential teachings of Buddhism. All five accepted his teachings and were ordained as monks. After the Buddha's second sermon, all five achieved enlightenment. They are referred to as Arhants (saints).

He wandered around Northeast India for decades, teaching all who would listen. He had tens of thousands of disciples and accumulated a large public following. He later established an order of monks and a corresponding order of nuns. 

His health began to fail when he was in this late 70s. After forty-five years of teaching, he died in a small town named Kuśinagara, at the age of 80, apparently of natural causes. His final words were: "Decay is inherent in all things. Be sure to strive with clarity of mind" for Nirvana. He did not choose a successor. He felt that the Dharma -- his teachings -- plus the Vinaya -- his code of rules for the monks and nuns -- would be a sufficient guide. 

5. Confucius


>Time Frame- 551-479 BC

>Occupation- Philosopher 

Known to the Chinese as Master Kong and to the rest of the world as Confucius, he created a philosophy based on virtue. In turn, he believed honesty, respect, sincerity, and common sense could not only join families, but also bring together the entire empire of China.

Not much is known about Confucius’ early life, but it is believed he belonged to the middle class, and therefore would have been well educated. Being part of the middle class would have also meant he was cultured and looked upon for intellectual soundness. In his mid-20s, Confucius became a government official in the State of Lu and a minister, a lofty position for a young man. He attempted to talk to the king about certain policies that governed Lu, but after doing so for several years, nothing changed. In despair about the fate of the kingdom, Confucius resigned from his post and from the politics of the king. From then on, he believed someone shouldn’t inherit power simply because of birth or lineage. On the contrary, a person should come into power based on his own merit and be representative of the people.

 Confucius began traveling around northern China. He attempted to talk with kings and other rulers about their practices, hoping to right the wrongs and bring a broken land together once again. He knew that if brought the country together, China’s cultural and financial greatness would expand.

During his travels, he met many who became his disciples. While Confucianism isn’t a religion, per se, these disciples did spread his wise words, and neo-Confucianism brought greater religious context to Confucius’ teachings. Confucius came up with the premise of the modern Golden Rule. He said to a king that the greatest teaching of all is to: “Never impose on others what you would not on yourself.” He promoted the balance of social classes, stating roles should be balanced, but respect for a superior should always be recognized. Additionally, he was a proponent of using music to bring people together, knowing kings and commoners alike could share in the joy it brought.

Confucius taught that it was not the satisfaction of the senses in the present moment that would bring true happiness, but well-planned actions and the helping of fellow man which mattered most. He argued that respect should be paid to the dead but focus should not be taken away from working towards a better future. In his life, he wanted to cultivate ideas that would spread throughout China. He talked of modesty, planning, respect, and moral behavior that would not benefit only a few, but the entire empire.

6. Paul of Tarsus

Paul of Tarsus

>Time Frame- 5-67 AD

>Occupation- Christian Apostle

Paul was born in Tarsus in Cilicia in about AD 5. As well as being a Roman citizen, Paul was a Jew who was concerned about the growth of Christianity.

Paul was active in persecuting the Christians and in about AD 36 he was sent to Damascus in Syria to continue this work. On the way to Damascus he claimed he heard the voice of Jesus and was converted to Christianity. Paul then toured the Roman Empire as a Christian missionary.

In AD 58 Paul was arrested by the Roman authorities. As a Roman citizen, Paul had the right to demand that his case should be heard by Emperor Nero. After a period in prison Paul was tried and executed in AD 66. Many of the letters that Paul wrote to early Christian groups have survived and are included in the New Testament. These letters are the earliest Christian literature in existence.

7. Cài Lún

Cai Lun

>Time Frame- 50-121 AD

>Occupation- Political official in Imperial China

Cai Lun was a eunuch who entered the service of the imperial palace in 75 ce and was made chief eunuch under the emperor Hedi (reigned 88–105/106) of the Dong (Eastern) Han dynasty in the year 89. About the year 105 Cai conceived the idea of forming sheets of paper from the macerated bark of trees, hemp waste, old rags, and fishnets. The paper thus obtained was found to be superior in writing quality to cloth made of pure silk (the principal writing surface of the time), as well as being much less expensive to produce and having more abundant sources.

Cai reported his discovery to the emperor, who commended him for it. Important improvements were subsequently made to Cai’s papermaking process by his apprentice, Zuo Bo, and the process was rapidly adopted throughout China, from which it eventually spread to the rest of the world. Cai himself was named a marquess in 114.

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8. Johann Gutenberg

Johann Gutenberg

>Time Frame- 1398-1468

>Occupation- Inventor

Johann Gutenberg, a German goldsmith and printer, is credited with being the first European to use movable type printing. In 1439, he became the global inventor of the mechanical printing press. He also produced the Gutenberg Bible.

Gutenberg is given credit for inventing the first press capable of mass-producing movable type using oil-based ink on wooden printing presses. Gutenberg came up with a printing system that was unique. The process of moveable type printing was actually more complicated than even early historians believed. However complicated, it was a vast improvement over handwriting manuscripts, as was done prior to the invention of the press. European bookmaking was revolutionized and printing innovations would spread rapidly throughout Europe.

Gutenberg's press worked by first hammering a hard metal punch (with the letter carved back to front) into soft metal copper. This makes what is called a mold or matrix. This is then placed into a holder, and cast by filling the mold with hot metal, which cooled down to create a piece of type. The matrix can now be reused to create hundreds of identical letters. Because the letters can be used in any combination the type is called moveable.

9. Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

>Time Frame- 1451-1506

>Occupation- Explorer

Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa ,Italy. He was the oldest of five children in his family. His father was a wool weaver. He helped his father with the weaving, but he always wanted to sail the seas. He didn't get to go to school very much, but he learned to read and write Spanish during his travels. He also taught himself Latin because all the geography books were written in Latin.

Some people thought he was trying to prove the world was round, but this is not true. Most people already knew the earth was round. He wanted to find a short way to get to the Indies by ship. He was a Christian and wanted to tell the story of Christ to the people he would find in the far-away lands. He also wanted wealth for himself and for Spain, and he wanted to be famous.

He tried for eight years to get King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to supply him with ships and money. Finally they agreed, but he made more demands.  He wanted to be made a knight * , admiral * of the Ocean Sea. He wanted to be the viceroy * and governor * general * of all lands he would discover. Also he wanted one-tenth of everything he found of value in the new lands.

He even boldly told them he wanted all of this in writing. This was rather brave of him because they could have had him killed because of his demands. They finally agreed and he got three ships ready to sail; the Santa Maria and two smaller ships, the Pinta and the Nina. He took enough food for a year. In four months he was ready to sail.

They left Spain on August 3, 1492. They made one stop, then sailed on toward the west. After many days, the sailors were ready to turn around and start back home. 

"Just three more days," he said. "Then if we don't see land, we'll turn around and go back home." Two days later they saw land; an island Columbus named San Salvador. He thought he had found the Indies and called the people he saw there "Indians". When they got to Cuba, he thought he was in China. The world was a lot larger than he thought.

On Christmas Eve, the Santa Maria was wrecked near Haiti. Columbus built a fort and left 40 men to hunt for gold. Then he returned to Spain on the Nina. The Pinta also returned. The people of Spain welcomed him as a hero. He made three more voyages across the ocean. His 13-year-old son, Ferdinand went with him on the fourth voyage. Columbus did not become rich as he had hoped. At the end of his life he only had a pension the king and queen had given him because he was the first to reach the New World. He spent the last few months of his life in bed because of the pain of arthritis. Columbus not only discovered a New World, but he led the way for other explorers.

10. Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

>Time Frame- 1879-1955

>Occupation- Scientist 

Albert Einstein was born to a middle-class German Jewish family. His parents were concerned that he scarcely talked until the age of three, but he was not so much a backward as a quiet child. He would build tall houses of cards and hated playing soldier. At the age of twelve he was fascinated by a geometry book. 

At the age of fifteen Albert quit high school disgusted by rote learning and martinet teachers, and followed his family to Italy where they had moved their failing electrotechnical business. After half a year of wandering and loafing, he attended a congenial Swiss school. The next year he entered the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

After working hard in the laboratory but skipping lectures, Einstein graduated with an unexceptional record. For two grim years he could find only odd jobs, but he finally got a post as a patent examiner. He married a former classmate.

Einstein wrote four fundamental papers, all in a few months. The first paper claimed that light must sometimes behave like a stream of particles with discrete energies, "quanta." The second paper offered an experimental test for the theory of heat and proof of the existence of atoms. The third paper addressed a central puzzle for physicists of the day – the connection between electromagnetic theory and ordinary motion – and solved it using the "principle of relativity." The fourth showed that mass and energy are two parts of the same thing, mass-energy (E=mc^2).

Einstein became an assistant professor at the University of Zurich, his first full-time physics job. In 1911 he moved on to the German University of Prague. He continued to publish important physics papers, and was beginning to meet fellow scientists, for example, at the exclusive Solvay Conference. The next year he returned to the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich as Professor. Einstein moved to Berlin, taking a research post that freed him from teaching duties. He separated from his wife and two sons. When the First World War broke out, Einstein rejected Germany's aggressive war aims, supporting the formation of a pacifist group.

After a decade of thought, with entire years spent in blind alleys, Einstein completed his general theory of relativity. Overturning ancient notions of space and time, he reached a new understanding of gravity. Meanwhile he continued to sign petitions for peace. As Germany collapsed, Einstein became more involved in politics and supported a new progressive party. The next year he remarried. And his general theory of relativity received stunning confirmation from British astronomers: as Einstein had predicted, gravity bends starlight. In the popular eye he became a symbol of science and of thought at its highest.

Einstein contributed to the struggling new quantum theory. Meanwhile, he searched for a way to unify the theories of electromagnetism and gravity. In 1929 he announced a unified field theory, but the mathematics could not be compared with experiments; his struggle toward a useful theory had only begun. Meanwhile he argued with his colleagues, challenging their belief that quantum theory can give a complete description of phenomena.

Einstein was asked to become the second President of the State of Israel, but declined. He was supporting many causes, such as the United Nations and world government, nuclear disarmament, and civil liberties. The search for a true unified field theory for a more profound understanding of nature continued to fill Einstein's days. While corresponding about a new anti-war project and writing a speech for Israel, he was stricken and died.

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  1. I think the jury is still out on old Jesus Christ.

  2. i think martin luther king should be there somewhere

    1. Hello Sir/Madam,

      Yes, Martin Luther King Jr. was indeed a great and noble person and I agree with you that he should be somewhere but as you see this list isn't created by me rather some other whom I mentioned above. I’m working on my version and it must be published by next month. I'm very busy in real life so I can’t devote much time to blogging. :)
      Hope you understand! :)

      Have a great day and good luck!

      With Best Regards and warm wishes,
      Shubham Bhatnagar
      (Astonishing Top 10 Team)

  3. No positive influence came from the made up story of Jesus Christ or any religious "god"

    1. Hello Sir/Madam,

      I'm afraid but you're completely wrong. Religion back then played a vital role in organizing human lives and transforming them from tribals to real human beings.
      Lets me take you back to stoneage. What people were doing? Just making tools and fulfilling their basic needs rather than working towards development.
      Lets now come to Jesus' time. What did he teach? He preached to pray to some invisible friend and called him God and that worked very well. Humans were not only developing but Earth slowly and slowly was integrating. Basically he was a genius, he fooled people with the help of some invisible dude and took humans to a whole new level. Just imagine our world now if he or any other religious person was not here...We would still be tribals and aimlessly wandering desserts and forests. They all changed humanity and taught us how to develop.

      P.S - I am not an atheist or Christian or satanist. This answer was made just for understanding rather than hurting someone's emotions. This is not an attack towards any organization as well. I'm sorry if I hurt your sentiments.
      Have a great day and good luck!

      With Best Regards and warm wishes,
      Shubham Bhatnagar
      (Astonishing Top 10 Team)

    2. You know, there was a huge period of time before the stone ages and the time of Jesus... about 3000 years to be exact. Jesus did not turn the caveman into the complex being that is us today. I would like to point out that religion did organize people but there were many other religions besides Christianity. Problems occur in history, though, when one religion collides with another. These conflicts result in millions of deaths, and are responsible for altercations happening now, such as the Israel and Palestinians and Indians and Pakistanis. At one point we have to step back and ask ourselves: how much does religion really help us? With all of the downsides to religion, is it better to be atheist or religious? As an atheist, I would have to say that religion does more harm than not, though there are arguments to the opposite.
      P.S. Religion was first created not to organize people, but to answer questions like what happens after death and what created us. Religion eventually bound us together but then broke us apart again. I think that without religion humanity could have potentially kick started, but you never know.

  4. and Nelson Mandela

    1. Hello Sir/Madam,

      Yes, Nelson Mandela was indeed a great and noble person and I agree with you that he should be somewhere but as you see this list isn't created by me rather some other whom I mentioned above(in the post). I’m working on my version and it will be published by next month. I'm very busy in real life so I can’t devote much time to blogging. :)
      Hope you understand! :)

      Have a great day and good luck!

      With Best Regards and warm wishes,
      Shubham Bhatnagar
      (Astonishing Top 10 Team)

  5. Nikola Tesla????? Hello, we wouldn't be able to do anything today without his inventions, he's probably the greatest scientist ever.

    1. Hello Sir/Madam,

      Nikola Tesla is one of the most underrated genious. He is my favourite scientist and my role model. I agree with you that he should be somewhere but as you see this list isn't created by me rather someone else whom I mentioned above in the post. I’m working on my version and it will be published by next month. I'm very busy in real life so I can’t devote much time to blogging. :)
      Hope you understand! :)

      Have a great day and good luck!

      With Best Regards and warm wishes,
      Shubham Bhatnagar
      (Astonishing Top 10 Team)

    2. Cool:-) ac is the best

  6. Can't really agree with this list. Christianity should be called Paulinism, Columbus did not discover the Americas, (generally religion not a good yardstick, I think), Paul of Tarsus one can write a book about, but there was good reason why he found himself wandering through the Roman empire! He was not exactly popular with the "real" disciples. Jesus, in my opinion, was a revolutionary who saw himself as messiah(i.e. the person who would rid his land of the opressor, the Romans)and lived his life in such a fashion that he appeared to have fufilled various prophesies about the messiah that would come and save the Judea from the opressor. Why not list Alexander the Great for example? His exploits changed the entire course of history. But it is always a subjective exercise compiling such a list.

  7. WHY AREN"T THERE MORE PEOPLE!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!

    1. it's top 10..... :D

  8. Alexander The Great needs to be here aswell

  9. Were in the hell is nikola tesla

  10. I believe in many of these people. Although he may not be very historical, I would have picked Walt Disney. Historical or not, he made a great influence in the media.

    1. that would be on an entirely different list, I think

  11. I'd probably put Constantine the great over Jesus and Paul, just personal opinion. Also Gutenberg would probably be the number one for me because without the European printing press none of these ideas we know now would've propagated to the extent it has.

  12. too many opinions, one list can never be perfect for everyone!

  13. you guys forgot Cyril and Methodious the inventors of the Cyrillic alphabet and the priest Bogomil who started one of the biggest heresy movements in Europe

  14. i strongly believe Martin Luther King Jr. should be in the list, maybe after Jesus...Isaac Newton should not be that high...MLK was great and his message still echoes up to date....

  15. HEY.I may be a little late to join in this conversation but the Roman Emperor Constantine should be in the top 10.He only started up western christian society as we know it and time seems too have put him in the outer.

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  17. When you’re making a list of the influential people in history it is hard to keep your personal opinion out of it. This list is commendable because it takes a look at history and not personal choice.


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