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makes up the World's largest religion. 1 Billion people belong to it,
meaning 1 in 6 people are Christians. In recent decades Christianity
(or "xtianity" as bigots spell it) has become a bad word. Christians
are seen as the villians of history who never did anything other than
start wars and witch trials.
But truth be told, Christians are not the villians they've been painted to be. The stereotype of a Christian as an ignorant, snake handling, puritanical Bible thumper who lives in a trailer park is just that - -a stereotype.
Here are a few examples of Christians from around the world and from different eras in hopes it will clear up some of this confusion.
SCIENTISTS,EXPLORERS, THINKERS and INVENTORS
Sir Issac Newton (1642-1727)Did more than have an apple fall on his head, he made astounding discoveries about light, gravity, invented Calculus, and theorized that artificial satellites could be put into orbit. His 3 laws of motion are STILL used today! Yep, he was a Christian. Oh, and he even tried alchemy and the occult. It took him 20 years to realize it was a huge waste of time. When he finally realized it though, he quit and stuck with Christianity. Maybe some of you could learn from him?
Craig Paterson - Philosopher and writer on bioethics
Neils Bohr, Atomic scientist,(Lutheran),
Dr. Elver Hodges (1912- ) Agronomist, Research Scientist. Worked on 40 years of research data at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, advancing the Florida livestock industry. In the 1940's, Hodges introduced Pangola grass (known as "the Cadillac of grasses) to Florida, and copper to fertilizers, revolutionizing the Florida cattle industry. Hodges worked for the University of Hawaii, the University of Florida, and also did research in Malowi, Africa. When asked if his study of science ever conflicted with his faith in God, he said "If you believe nothing, and you are what you believe, then you are nothing." and "I believe in the very first verse of the Bible, so if I believe God created the Heavens and the Earth, then he can also allow a man to walk on water." (Methodist, Sunday School Teacher)
Louis Pasteur, the Germ Theory of Disease, (Catholic),
Galileo Galilei astronomer, (Catholic),
Antoine Laurent Lavoisier; revolutionary chemist (Catholic),
Johannes Kepler ;motion of the planets theory(Lutheran)
Michael Anderson shuttle pilot (Columbia) and astronaut devoted Christian who attended Grace Community Church,
Nicolaus Copernicus theory of the Heliocentric Universe Catholic (priest),
Michael Faraday;Classical Field Theory (Sandemanian),
Robert Spaemann - philosopher
Karl Stern - German Jewish convert, psychiatrist
Ren' Girard - historian, literary critic and philosopher
Max Planck (1858-1947) Founder of Quantum Physics
Arthur Compton (1892'1962) Nobel Prize in Physics & deacon in the Baptist Church
Georges Lema'tre (1894-1966) Roman Catholic priest who first proposed the Big Bang theory. Imagine that...the Big Bang Theory was postulated BY A CHRISTIAN!
Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900-1975) Russian Orthodox geneticist who criticized young Earth creationism in an essay, "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution," and argued that science and faith did not conflict.
Dmitri Egorov (1869'1931) Russian mathematician who made significant contributions to the broader areas of differential geometry. He was an Imiaslavie who defended religion during the Soviet era. In 1930 the Soviets arrested and imprisoned him as a "religious sectarian." He died of a hunger strike in protest.
Simon C. Morris (born 1951) A British paleontologist who made his reputation through study of the Burgess Shale fossils. He was the co-winner of a Charles Doolittle Walcott Medal and also won a Lyell Medal. He is active in the Faraday Institute for study of science and religion and is also noted on discussions concerning the idea of theistic evolution. ,
Francis Collins (born 1950) He is the director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute. He has also written on religious matters in articles and in Faith and the Human Genome he states the importance to him of "the literal and historical Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, which is the cornerstone of what I believe." He wrote the book The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.
Pierre Duhem (1861'1916) He worked on Thermodynamic potentials and wrote histories advocating that the Roman Catholic Church helped advance science.
Rick Husband Columbia Shuttle pilot and astronaut devoted Christian who attended Grace Community Church.
Aldert van der Ziel (1910-1991) He researched Flicker noise and has the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers named an award for him. He also was a conservative Lutheran who wrote The Natural Sciences and the Christian Message.
Ian Barbour (born 1923) A physicist who wrote Christianity and the Scientists in 1960, and When Science Meets Religion ISBN 0-06-060381-X in 2000. For years he taught at Carleton College, Michał Heller (born 1936) He is a Catholic priest, a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology, a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion.' He also is a mathematical physicist who has written articles on relativistic physics and Noncommutative geometry.
Sir Robert Boyd (1922-2004) A pioneer in British space science who was Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society. He lectured on faith being a founder of the "Research Scientists' Christian Fellowship" and an important member of its predecessor Christians in Science. He was connected to the University College London.
Arthur Peacocke (1924-2006) Anglican priest and biochemist, his ideas may have influenced Anglican and Lutheran views of evolution. Winner of the 2001 Templeton Prize. He was a Dean at Clare College, Cambridge.
C. F. von Weizsacker (1912-2007) German nuclear physicist who is the co-discoverer of the Bethe-Weizsacker formula. Although he aided the Nazis in WWII, after the war he repented of the errors of his ways and bcame a Christian as well as a pacifist. His work The Relevance of Science: Creation and Cosmogony concerned Christian and moral impacts of science. He headed the Max Planck Society from 1970 -1980.
Charles Hard Townes (born 1915) In 1964 he won the Nobel Prize in Physics and in 1966 he wrote The Convergence of Science and Religion.
Allan Sandage (born 1926) An astronomer of Jewish ancestry who converted to Christianity late in life. He wrote the article A Scientist Reflects on Religious Belief and made discoveries concerning the Cigar Galaxy.
Charles Moss Duke, Jr. astronaut, Brigadier General, USAF, Ret. - Lunar module pilot of Apollo 16, April 16-27, 1972. He is an active speaker and Christian lay witness and President of Duke Ministry For Christ.
That Guy That Invented Post-It Notes
Art Fry, inventor of Post-it' NotesCame up with the idea while trying to find a way to mark his Hymnal in church. He says they were NOT an accident, as urban legend says, but he deliberatley set out to create them. Some of you might be thinking "Big deal!", but what exactly have you invented lately????
John Polkinghorne (b. 1930) Anglican priest who wrote Science and the Trinity (2004) ISBN 0-300-10445-6. Winner of the 2002 Templeton Prize.
Ghillean Prance-(b.1937) A noted botanist involved in the Eden Project Eric Priest (born 1943) An authority on Solar Magnetohydrodynamics who won the George Ellery Hale Prize among others. He has spoken on Christianity and Science at the University of St Andrews and is a member of the Faraday Institute.
Robert T. Bakker (b. 1945) Paleontologist who was a figure in the "dinosaur Renaissance" and known for the theory some dinosaurs were Warm-blooded. He is also a Pentecostal preacher who advocates theistic evolution and has written on religion!
John T. Houghton - co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and won a gold medal from the Royal Astronomical Society & former Vice President of Christians in Science.
Christopher Isham - Theoretical physicist who developed HPO formalism. He teaches at Imperial College London. In addition to being a physicist, he is a philosopher and theologian.
Stanley Jaki (b.1924) Benedictine who won a Templeton Prize and advocates the idea modern science could only have arisen in a Christian society.
Asa Gray (1810-1888) His Gray's Manual remains a pivotal work in botany. His Darwiniana has sections titled "Natural selection not inconsistent with Natural theology", "Evolution and theology", and "Evolutionary teleology." The preface indicates his adherence to the Nicene Creed in concerning these religious issues.
Francesco Fa' di Bruno (1825'1888) An Italian mathematician most linked to Turin. He is known for "Fa' di Bruno's formula".
George Washington Carver (1864-1943) The original Mr. Peanut! Invented hundreds of uses for the peanut, and thus helped impoverished cotton farmers out of poverty after the civil war. Carver was a religious Christian man who said he could not have created his many inventions had it not been inspiration from God (the Judeo-Christian God).
James Clerk Maxwell; Electromagnetic Field (Presbyterian),
Erwin Schrodinger;wave mechanics theory (Catholic),
Andreas Vesalius new anatomy (Catholic),
Tycho Brahe Astronomer,(Lutheran),
Max Born quantum mechanics (Jewish Lutheran),
Enrico Fermi;atomic physics(Catholic)
Marcello Malpighi;microscopic anatomy (Catholic),
Christiaan Huygens;the Wave Theory of Light (Calvinist),
Carl Gauss (Karl Friedrich Gauss) Mathematical Genius (Lutheran),
Ken Olson - fossil hunter for Museum of the Rockies, discoverer of T-Rex skull #008 - retired Lutheran Pastor
Dr. Paul Mislevy - Agricultural scientist for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, author of many papers and articles on agriculture, PhD in Agronomy from the University of Pennsylvania (Roman Catholic)
Anton van Leeuwenhoek ,invented the microscope (Dutch Reformed),
Theodosius Dobzhansky the Modern Synthesis (Russian Orthodox),
John Dalton;the Theory of the Atom (Quaker),
Alexander Fleming Penicillin (Catholic) Josef Pieper, German Thomist
philosopher Trofim Lysenko , Genetics (Russian Orthodox)
Robert Boyle (1627-1691) - important chemist and physicist
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) - European explorer who reached Americas in 1492
Kenneth H. Cooper - Doctor of medicine and former Air Force Colonel who introduced the concept of aerobics. He is the author of several books, including the 1968 book Aerobics, which emphasized a point system for improving the cardiovascular system.
Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English scientist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include that of electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. Considered to be one of the most influential scientists in history, and historians of science refer to him as having been the best experimentalist in the history of science.
Buzz Aldrin -astronaut, Particpated in the first religious act performed on the moon (Apollo 11) which was the Christian celebration of communion.
Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) Astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, U.S. Navy pilot, test pilot, university professor and a United States Navy officer who served in the Korean War. After the war, he served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he logged over 900 flights. He graduated from Purdue University and completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California.
Armstrong received many honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, the Sylvanus Thayer Award, the Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautics Association, and the Congressional Gold Medal. The lunar crater Armstrong, 31 mi (50 km) from the Apollo 11 landing site, and asteroid 6469 Armstrong are named in his honor. Armstrong was also inducted into the Aerospace Walk of Honor and the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame. Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crewmates were the 1999 recipients of the Langley Gold Medal from the Smithsonian Institution.
Throughout the United States, there are more than a dozen elementary, middle and high schools named in his honor, and many places around the world have streets, buildings, schools, and other places named for Armstrong and/or Apollo. In 1969, folk songwriter and singer John Stewart recorded "Armstrong", a tribute to Armstrong and his first steps on the moon. Purdue University announced in October 2004 that its new engineering building would be named Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering in his honor..
James Benson Irwin (1930-1991) , astronaut- Apollo 15, July, 1971 United States Air Force Colonel. He was the founding president of the High Flight Foundation, a Christian inter-denominational evangelical ministry based in Colorado Springs, and also an Ark hunter.
James Clerk Maxwell - influential mathematician and physicist,
Samuel Morse (1791-1872) inventer of Morse Code,
Hugh Ross - Canadian-born astrophysicist and Christian apologist.
Ross has a PhD in astronomy from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of British Columbia.
Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984)- theologian and thinker
Orville and Wilbur Wright - invented the airplane Marshall McLuhan - Canadian philosopher and communications theorist
SO WILL YOU HATERS OF CHRISTIANITY PLEASE STOP SAYING WE ARE ALL IGNORANT HATERS OF SCIENCE????
ARTISTS, MUSICIANS AND COMPOSERSSixpence None The Richer
This alternative rock band that hails from the U.K. are all Christians. They even dedicated their first album to God (and says so in the liner notes). Their song titled Breathe Your Name is about God. Yes, Christians can be "kewl".
Billy Preston (1946-2006) Known as "The Brown Beatle". Grammy winning musician, song writer, performer, & session man who's career spanned five decades. He performed with everyone from Elton John to the Red Hot Chilli Pepers. By age ten he was playing keyboards with gospel diva Mahalia Jackson, and two years later, in 1958, he was featured in Hollywood's film bio of W.C. Handy. He was the only musician to have ever worked with both the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. He worked with the Beatles on the Let It Be album and movie. Rembrandt Harmensz Van Rijn- Known as "the painter of the soul " Wolgang Amadeus Motzart- legendary Austrian composer.
TINY TIM The last of the Vaudevillians. He made a big splash in the 1960's with his mondo eukalele act. Best known for his rendititon of Tiptoe Through The Tulips. His marriage to Miss Vicky on The Tonight Show was the highest rated show in history for decades. Even though Anton LaVey thought Tiny Tim's style of music was "Satanic", in reality Tiny Tim was a Christian who read his Bible everyday, and was actually quite conservative in many ways! He publicly professed his Christian faith many times, including on T.V. interviews.
Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) - composer and writer ;"Star Spangled Banner"
Kerry Livgren - formerly with the band "Kansas", contemporary Christian musician,
Christopher Parkening - classical guitarist,
John Tesh - popular jazz musician and TV personality.
Rev. Thomas Andrew Dorsey (1899-1993)"the father of gospel music". Earlier in his life he was a leading blues pianist known as Georgia Tom.
Aretha Franklin "The Queen of Soul", The daughter of Rev. C. L. Franklin, a Detroit gospel singer and clergyman, Aretha began performing on the Midwest gospel music circuit as a youngster and made her first recording when she was 14 years old.By the end of the 1960s Franklin was at her peak as an artist -- with hits including Otis Redding's "Respect", as well as "Chain of Fools" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" -- and had become an African-American icon during the era's turbulent battles over civil rights for minorities and women. In 1987 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Bob Dylan 60's music icon; Singer-songwriter, musician, and artist. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for over five decades. A number of Dylan's early songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'", became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving his initial base in the culture of folk music behind, Dylan's six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone" has been described as radically altering the parameters of popular music in 1965.
In a 2009 interview with Bill Flanagan promoting his Christmas LP, Christmas in the Heart, Flanagan commented on the "heroic performance" Dylan gave of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and that Dylan "delivered the song like a true believer". Dylan replied: "Well, I am a true believer."
Alice Cooper - 70's Rock Music legend and golf addict. After 15 years of drugs and booze, Mr. Cooper wised up and gave his life back over to Jesus. Cooper's embrace of Christianity was more a return to faith than a coming to faith. "I was pretty much convinced all my life that there was just one God and there was Jesus Christ and there was the Devil," he said in a KNAC.com interview. Oh, and he was never really a Satanist. Deal with it. "You couldn't believe in God without believing in the Devil. I always tell bands that the most dangerous thing you can do is to believe in the concept of the Devil or the concept of God, because you're not giving them full credit. When you believe in God, you've got to believe in the all-powerful God. He's not just God, He's the all-powerful God and He has total control over everyone's life. The Devil, on the other hand, is a real character that's trying his hardest to tear your life apart. If you believe that this is just mythology, you're a prime target because you know that's exactly what Satan wants: To be a myth. But he's not a myth, of this I'm totally convinced. More than anything in the world, I'm convinced of that." -- Alice Cooper, one of those "aful xtians" .
Vanity - Former singer for Prince, and also had a solo career. Vanity says she experimented with both drugs and the occult, but gave them both up when she found Christ.
Smokey Robinson - soul singer, front man for The Miracles and solo career,
Stanford Olsen - Opera tenor; He was a regular performer at the Metropolitan Opera from 1986 until 1997 where he gave more than 160 performances.A specialist in light lyric tenor roles, he excelled in the operas of Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini. After retiring from full-time performance in the late 1990s he became a faculty member at the Florida State University's College of Music, where he is Professor of Voice and Lucille P. and Elbert B. Shelfer Eminent Scholar.He continues to perform on the concert platform in addition to his teaching and coaching.
Merle Haggard - Country Music Singer. Haggard was a follower of the late TV Evangelist Dr. Gene Scott and performed at his funeral.
Johann Sebastian Bach "The Fifth Evangelist", ironically his Organ Fugue and Ticotta is used in scary movies,
Ray Stevens two time Grammy winner (The Streak, Mississippi Squirel
Revival), owner of Curb records,Mel Tillis, country music star,
Loretta Lynn, country music legend ("Coal Miner's Daughter")
Robert Hunter (a.k.a George Montalba, Georges Montalba) Hunter/Montalba was an organ virtuoso and Glendale, CA resident who recorded several albums of pipe organ music during 1957-1958. He later went on to work with George Burns and Carol Channing on broadway, in addition to working with Leopold Stokowski, Shirely Temple, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nelson Eddy, Judy Garland, Two Popes, and John & Jacquelyn Kennedy to name a few! His career spanned 60 years. A pretentious wife beating Satanist with a criminal record, who's name bears no mentioning here, later claimed to be Montalba. How pathetic! Hit Thing records has re-released Montalba's recording on CD with liner notes that will hopefull clear up the slander!
U2 Defined Alternative music. Probably the biggest rock band in the world. The Irish quartet have gone on record several times as being Christians.
George Frideric Handel - Composer of "The Messiah" and many other
Randy Travis - Country Singer,
Air Supply - 80's Soft Rock band
Charlie Daniels ;Country Music Legend,
Felix Mendelson; Classical music composer of many Christian songs
including "Hark The Herald Angles Sing" (where does all this nonsense that classical music is somehow "Satanic" come from???) Jewish convert to Christianity.
Johnny Cash Grammy Award-winning American country singer-songwriter He sold over 90 million albums in his nearly fifty-year career and came to occupy a "commanding position in music history". Cash is widely considered to be one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. The original "man in black", Johnny had a strong faith in Jesus Christ. As a young boy, Johnny had tapped his toes in schoolhouse revivals to the rhythm of guitars, mandolins, and banjos. He'd sung "Shall We Gather at the River?" during baptisms at the "blue hole." He'd been converted at age 12. "A beautiful peace came over me that night. I felt brand new," he recalls. He felt a touch of heaven when he put his cheek against his dying brother Jack's lips and heard him whisper, "I'm going to a beautiful city' I can hear the angels singing." He had his ups and downs, and friend Kris Kristofferson once remarked he was "a walking contradiction". In a behind the scenes look at "The Johnny Cash Show", Cash claims to have "tried every drug there was to try". Cash quit using drugs in 1968. Recommitting to his Christian faith, he answered an "altar call" in Evangel Temple, a small church in the Nashville area, Cash chose this church over many larger celebrity churches in the Nashville area because he said that there he was treated like just another parishioner and not a celebrity. Perhaps "Amazing Grace," written by John Newton after the hard-drinking, profane slave trader found God, best describes the journey of Johnny Cash from the pit of despair to the pinnacle of glory. The record shows that he has more lives than ten cats. He wrecked every car he had for seven years, totaled two jeeps and a camper, turned over two tractors and a bulldozer, sank two boats in separate accidents on a lake, jumped from a truck just before it went over a 600-foot cliff in California, brawled and incurred permanent scars, and drove himself into a wild frenzy many times with drugs.Yet when the raging voices quieted, there was always the "still, small voice" whispering, I am your God. 1 love you. I am waiting."The hand of God," Johnny Cash once said, "was never off me." In all of his wanderings, Johnny could never escape the "hound of heaven," which pursued him from his childhood. He has inspired Musicians from Reba MacIntyer to Nine Inch Nails . In addition to Gospel songs, Cash also recorded a reading of the Bible and appeared at Billy Graham crudases. "There is no person in the world whom we [Ruth and Billy] have more affection for than Johnny Cash," said Billy Graham. Youth for Christ International named him "Man of the Year" in 1979 for helping young people. He attended a Pentecostal church outside Nashville, & received an honorary doctorate in humanities from Gardner-Webb College, a Southern Baptist school in North Carolina. Johnny Cash, one of those "awful xtians".
Dave Mustaine frontman for Megadeath, kicked cocaine and found Christ.
Brian "Head" Welch, guitarist formerly with Korn.
Randall Franks blue grass legend, designated the "Appalachian Ambassador of the Fiddle."
Moya "M'ire" Brennan - recoding artist, lead singer of the Celtic group Clannad.
Mark Farner -singer, guitarist and songwriter, best known as the lead singer and guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad, and later as a Contemporary Christian Musician. ;
Richie Furay-singer, songwriter, and guitarist who is best known for forming the 1960s band, Buffalo Springfield. He's now a minister;
CHRISTIANS INVOLVED IN SCIENCE FICTION
Sir Alec Guinness (1914-2000) best known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. He was one of the few cast members who believed that the film would be a box office hit and negotiated a deal for two percent of the gross, which made him very wealthy in later life. Guiness used to consult Tarot cards in one point in his life prior to that, until one day he decided the cards, with their spades, cups, Heriophant, and such mocked the life of Jesus. He then burned the cards and later converted to Roman Catholicism ( from X-Rated, by Michael Munn, pg 93).
Ron Harper - Actor Planet of the Apes T.V. series, "Uncle Jack" on Land of the Lost, The Glass Cage
John Heidenry "The Counterpoint of View"; Dearly Beloved,
andrew j. offutt; author of "For Value Received" and many others,
Joan Bernott "The Test-Tube Creature, Afterward",
David Kerr "Epiphany for Aliens"; Firstprint
Robert Picardo; TV and Film actor Star Trek Voyager, The Howling, Total Recall
Katherine Kurtz The Adept series; Deryni series; The Legends of Camber of Culdi series (Including Camber of Culdi, which won the Balrog award in 1992.); Knights of the Blood,
Mervyn Peake Born in China in 1911, the son of a Congregational missionary doctor. Gormenghast trilogy: Titus Groan; Gormenghast; Titus Alone.Also wrote poetry, and created works of art.
Roger Delgado (Roman Catholic)British actor that played "The Master" on Dr. Who. His devilish looks got him frequently cast as a villain, and he appeared in many noted British action-adventure TV series of the 1960s, including The Avengers, The Champions, Danger Man, The Saint, The Power Game, Crossfire and Randall and Hopkirk . He also appeared alongside Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in The Road to Hong Kong. Born in Whitechapel in the East end of London, he was rasied Roman Catholic and attended the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Holland Park. In an interview, Dr. Who cast member John (Dr. Who #3) Pertwee once recollected the irony of Delgado being cast as arch-villan "The Master" because he was in reality a good, moral, and polite man (which are traits of Christians).
Mike Nelson Riftrax, host and head writer of Mystery Science Theater 3000,
Donna Farley,(Greek Orthodox) author Stories include: Astronomical Odds; Father Vadim's Angel; It Must Be Some Place; Light One Candle; The Passing of the Eclipse; Wizards; Orthodox-themed works include: Cold Hands, Warm Heart and the poem The Geography of Prayer,
Nick Mamatas [Greek Orthodox] Over 10 published short stories; his novel Northern Gothic (2002) nominated for the Stoker Award; collection: 3000 MPH (Prime Books, 2003); novel: Move Under Ground (Night Shade Books, 2004); Greek Orthodoxy plays a major role in his story "Time Of Day" (published in 2002 by Strange Horizons)
Pierre Boulle, French author of Planet of the Apes and also other works such as The Bridge Over the River Kwai
Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin Orthodox Russian novelist, playwright, short story writer, and essayist, whose famous anti-utopia "My" (1924, "We") prefigured Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1932), and inspired George Orwell's 1984 (1949).
Rand and Robyn Miller Creators of the Myst CD-ROM game and associated books. (Pictured here is Rand as "Artus".)
Stephen R. Lawhead Raised in a Conservative Protestant church; attended Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Considered one of the most successful writers among the relatively few mainstream SF/F writers who are Evangelicals Avalon; The Celtic Crusades series; Byzantium; The Songs of Albion series; Pendragon Cycle series; Dream Thief; Empyrion series; Dragon King trilogy; Howard Had a Spaceship.
Randall Garrett [Ordained]; Brain Twister; The Gandalara Cycle I; The Gandalara Cycle II; Return to Eddarta; The River Wall; The Search for Ka
Alexandra E. Honigsberg [In 1996 Honigsberg was a priest candidate in the Old Catholic Church at Union Theological Seminary. ] Awakening: A Symphony, Borne on a River of Tears (written with David M. Honigsberg, her husband who is a Rabbi); Death's Doorstep,
Jeff Duntemann [Active member in Old Catholic movement] The Cunning Blood. Many of his s.f. stories have Catholic themes, incl. Guardian, which was on 1981 Hugo Awards ballot, as well as: Our Lady of the Endless Sky; Bathtub Mary; Drumlin Boiler. Other stories include: The Steel Sonnets; Inevitability Sphere; Cold Hands; Guardian; Ariel; Silicon Psalm; Marlowe; Borovsky's Hollow Woman; STORMY vs. the Tornadoes.
Bram Stoker author of Dracula; despite rumors, he was never a member of the occult farce known as The Golden Dawn and was in fact a Christian.
Ross Pavlac Former Unitarian and agnostic who is now a Methodist, Produced Avenging Aardvark fanzine. Major Sci-Fi convention organizer.
Kij Johnson Star Trek, the Next Generation #38: Dragon's Honor; stories include "Canine Intervention", "Fox Magic", "Last Dance at Dante's", more.
Bill Myers [Myers received a degree in applied management business administration from Dallas Baptist University and is a Baptist himself] McGee and Me! series; Forbidden Doors series; Bloodhounds series; Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle series; Fire of Heaven,
Jefferson Scott Virtually Eliminated; Fatal Defect: A Genetic Thriller; Terminal Logic
Sigmund Brouwer (Baptist) young adult fiction, such as: Sports Mystery series; CyberQuest; The Ghost Rider; Winds of Light, Wings of Dawn; The Weeping Chamber; Blood Ties; Double Helix; Magnus,
Karel Capek;Celebrated Czech novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright. Famous for R.U.R., early s.f. story that coined the word "robot."
Connie Willis Lutheran; Congregationalist Doomsday Book (1992; also Locus Award 1993) [Ranked 12th on the ISFDB Top 100 Novels list.], and many other books; Gene Wolfe - several books including Book of the New Sun Tetralogy [Ranked 87th in the Internet Top 100 Survey, Cooke, Oct. 1999.], Wolfe was ranked 5th on the ISFDB Top 100 Authors list. ;
WRITERS AND POETS
C.S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narina writer was a Christian! Not only that, he wrote some amazing books on theology too, as well as being a college professor! He became an athiest at an early age but eventually regained his faith when a friend convinced him Christianity wasn't history, Christianity was the thing that writes history.Well that was enough to convince Lewis, and the rest is history. DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY OF MERE CHRISTIANTY HERE!
John Henry Newman ' Master of English prose (Apologia Pro Vita Sua), and poetry,( Lead, Kindly Light and The Dream of Gerontius) He became a Catholic priest and later a Cardinal
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carrol, A Tale of Two Cities, etc.
Joseph Pearce English literary scholar and critic
Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels,
Charles M. Schultz creator of the Peanuts comic strip.
Dame Edith Sitwell 'English poet
Dr. Seuss Fantasy-laden children books, incl. Daisy - Head Mayzie The Cat in the Hat; How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; Horton Hears a Who!; If I Ran the Circus; Green Eggs and Ham; The Lorax; many more,
Henri Ghion - French poet and critic
Ken McCullough "Chuck Berry, Won't You Please Come Home"; "His Loneliness, The Winner"; "The Legend of Wick Higgins"; Three Worlds, Three Realms, Six Roads; many poems, A. Parra (y Fegueredo)
"Totenbuch"; other poems and short stories,
Alexander Pope famous English poet
G.K. Chesterton; author of The Man Who Knew Too Much, How I Found the Superman; The Shop Of Ghosts, - Enormous essayist, poet, writer
Alfred Noyes English poet, best known for The Highwayman
Flann O'Brien - Irish comic writer,
Coventry Patmore - 19th century poet
Vicomte de Chateaubriand The founder of Romanticism in French literature, he returned to the Catholic faith of his boyhood in the 1790s and wrote a famous apology for Christianity, "Genie du christianisme" ("The Genius of Christianity"), which contributed to a post-Revolutionary revival of Catholicism in France.
Charles Williams "All Hallows' Eve" Pellagrini and Cudahy; Descent into Hell; The Greater Trumps; Many Dimensions; The Place of the Lion; Shadows of Ecstasy; War in Heaven,
Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron (Newbery Medal Honor; Child's Study Association for America's Children's Books of the Year)and many other books.
John Bunyan - Pilgrim who made progress in prison,
Harriet Beecher Stowe - Author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, which many credit to aiding in the end of slavery. Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian novelist of spiritual depth
George MacDonald - Fabled Victorian writer,
John Milton author of "Paradise Lost";
John Patrick Shanley screenwriter and playwright,
Dame Muriel Spark Scottish novelist,
Elena Maria Vidal Historical novelist,
Evelyn Waugh author and novelist
D.B. Wyndham-Lewis English comic writer and biographer
Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly - French 19th century novelist and short story writer, who specialised in mysterious tales that examine hidden motivation and hinted evil bordering the supernatural influenced by his Catholic faith.
Paul Claudel-early 20th century poet and author
Heinrich Bell, German novelist,
Jose Snoj - Slovenian poet, was prohibited to publish his works during the Communist regime, St. John of the Cross ' this great mystic, Carmelite priest and Doctor of the Church also wrote some of the most famous Christian poetry in any language.
Christopher Buckley Political satirist who wrote Thank You for Smoking,
William Peter Blatty -- screenwriter and novelist. Best known for the novel The Exorcist and Oscar winning screenplay adapting same
J.R.Tolkien Remember the friend I mentioned who told C.S. Lewis Christianity was cool? Oh yeah, it was Tolkien. So stop trying to find all those "secret clues" in Lord of The Rings to make your spells work. It's not in there.
Danielle Steele - best-selling author
Dorothy Sayers - Mystery writer and apologist, Dante Alighieri - Worldly creator of divine verse. Pope Benedict XV praised him in an encyclical, writing that of all Catholic literary geniuses "highest stands the name of Dante".
Geoffrey Chaucer - Medieval England's greatest storyteller, the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and author of The Canterbury Tales, he mocks corrupt clergy, but also presents an ideal priest who teaches sound Catholic doctrine in The Parson's Tale
John Donne - Poet of God's love,
George Herbert - England's greatest religious poet,
John Milton - Puritan author of Paradise Lost,
Anne Bradstreet - considered to be "America's first poet",
Isaac Watts - Father of English hymnody,
Charles Wesley - Considered the greatest hymn writer of all time,
Fanny Crosby - Prolific and blind hymn writer
Frederick Buechner; Pulitzer Prize winning author who was also a Presbyterian minister. Best known for A Long Day's Dying, Godric, Brendan, etc
T.S. Eliot - Modernist poet
George Kelly Pulitzer Prize winning playwright
Jack Kerouac - Beat author of On the Road; experimented with Buddhism but later returned to Christianity
Dean Koontz - American popular novelist best known for moralistic thrillers
Rosie Malek-Yonan - author of The Crimson Field
Francis A. Marzen journalist
Elisabeth Langgasser (1899-1950) An influential German Catholic author who the Nazis deemed "too Jewish"
Martin Mosebach, novelist, poet, playwright
Pope Pius II In his younger days he had been a Poet laureate and had written an erotic novel called Eurialus and Lucretia. Later he wrote histories and epistles.
Thomas of Celano; poet and writer
Rumer Godden - author of children's classics The Doll's House, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, An Episode of Sparrows, etc.
William Shakespear No, he wasn't a Wiccan because he wrote MacBeth (admit it, you've heard that theory touted as "fact"). Nope, the world's greatest playright was a Christian (by the way, if you surfed looking for a picture of Shakespear as many people do, please look at the rest of the site too).
ENTERTAINERS AND ACTORS
Alan Autry-American actor, politician, and former NFL football player. He is best known for his role as Captain Bubba Skinner on the television series In the Heat of the Night,
Stephen Baldwin; Opera singer and actor Last Exit to Broklyn, Born On The Fourth of July, The Beast, Bio-Dome
Fred Berry- pioneer of break dancing, actor best known for Rerun of What's Happening;
Hugh Beaumont T.V. icon"Ward Cleaver" on Leave it To Beaver. He was a Methodist minister who only acted part time so he could continue to be a minister full time;
Christopher Hewitt - Best known for the title role on the ABC sitcom "Mr. Belvedere". He made his acting debut at age 7 in a Dublin stage production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In addition to stage plays and TV, he also appeared in several films, including the 1951 crime drama Pool of London and Mel Brook's The Producers. A devout Christian, Hewett served as a deacon at St. Victor's church in West Hollywood.
Dan Biggers- actor best known for his role as Frank "Doc" Robb on the television series In the Heat of the Night. He is also the former Dean of Students at Berry College, Mt. Berry Georgia
Christopher Hewitt - English actor and theatre director best known for his role as Lynn Belvedere on the ABC sitcom Mr. Belvedere. Hewett made his film debut in the 1951 crime drama Pool of London,and also appeared in The Producers. Hewett directed several stage productions including The Marriage-Go-Round and Beyond the Fringe and Camelot. A devout Catholic, Hewett served as a deacon at St. Victor's church in West Hollywood.
Vincent Price - Horror Film Icon, art collector, gormet cook. Price has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and is most well known for his appearance in several campy horror films. Price earned a degree from Yale in art history and fine art. He was a member of the Courtauld Institute, London, where he recieved his Master's Degree. Price began his acting career in 1935 and is best remembered for his horror films such as The Invisible Man Returns, The House of Wax, The Last Man On Earth, The Fly, and the original House On Haunted Hill. In between these horror films, Price played Baka in The Ten Commandments. He played many villainous roles in Film Noir genere thrillers like The Web, The Long Night, Rogues' Regiment, and The Bribe. In the 1955-1956 television season he appeared three times as Rabbi Gershom Seixos in the ABC anthology series, Crossroads, a study of clergymen from different faiths.
Price also appeared in several Roger Corman cult classics, including House of Usher, The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, Tales of Terror, The Comedy of Terrors, The Masque of Red death, The Abomanible Dr. Phibes, and as the inventor in Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands. He was also host of the PBS television series Mystery! Price also had a sense of humor about his sinister image and poked fun of himself on such ventures as 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo.
From 1962 to 1971, Sears & Roebuck offered the "Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art", selling about 50,000 pieces of fine art to the general public. Price selected and commissioned works for the collection, including works by Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dal'. He and his wife donated over 90 pieces of art to the East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, California, thus establishing the first "teaching art collection" owned by a community college in the U.S. He converted from Episcopalianism to Roman Catholicism in later life. His family was very active in the Episcopal Church. What, you thought he was a Satanist? MUHAHAHAHAH! He was a Christian!
Candace Cameron; TV and film actress Full House, Boy Meets World, No One Would tell, She Cried No, Night Scream, Make It or Break it, Some Kind of Wonderful
Kirk Cameron; TV actor turned minister Full House, Left Behind film series
Jim Carrey; Actor, comedian, The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine In The Spotless Mind, Bruce Almighty, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Number 23, etc.
James Caviezel; Film Actor Bobby Jones: Sroke of Genius, The Thin Red Line, The Count of Monte Cristo,
Iris Chacon; Actress, Singer, Entertainer, Dancer. Puerto Rican icon.
Jaileen Cintron; Puerto Rican merengue singer and recording artist, as well as a TV personality and entertainer. Co-host of the talk and variety show No te Duermas from 1991 to 1996. Her 1999 album Encontré el amor was among the four works nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Merengue Album.
William Colgate; William Colgate (January 25, 1783 – March 25, 1857) was an English manufacturer who founded what became the Colgate Toothpaste Company in 1806 which eventually became the Colgate-Palmolive Corporation.
Miguel Cotto; Professional Boxer; former WBA (Super) Light Middleweight Champion.
Elvis Crespo; Puerto Rican-American Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning Merengue singer.Released in 1998, Crespo's debut also earned a gold album for sales of over 500,000 copies in the first year after its release in the United States.
Jennifer Jones Oscar winning actress. Appeared in several films in the 40's-70's including Duel in the Sun, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, The Song of Bernadette, A Farewell to Arms, Beat the Devil, Angel, Angel, Down We Go (a.k.a Cult of the Damned)and The Towering Inferno In later years was a leader of the Norton Simon Museum.
AGNES MOOREHEAD Actress best known for her role as "Endora" on the '60's ABC sitcom Bewitched. What, you thought she was a Wiccan? <snicker> Nope, she was actually a member of the Methodist Church. According tho the actress who played "Tabitha" on the series, Agnes often read Bible stories on the set in between takes to the children who acted on the show!
Joe English Flemish draughtsman and painter ;
Chad Everett beefcake actor best known for his role as Dr. Joe Gannon on Medical Center (1969-1976), and Centennial miniseries ;
Gerardo; Latin rapper
Clarence Gilyard; Actor Matlock, Walker Texas Ranger, and a college professor
Jeff Gordon; Professional stock car racing driver. He drives the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger/DuPont Chevrolet Impala for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is a four-time series champion and a three-time Daytona 500 winner. He is third on the all-time wins list, with 86 career wins, and has the most wins in NASCAR's modern era (1972–present). In 2009, Gordon became the first driver to reach $100 million in career winnings in the Cup series.
Amy Grant; Christian recording artist and pop star.
A.C. Green American NBA basketball player who played in more consecutive games than any other player in NBA and ABA history. With 1,192 straight games played, he earned the nickname "Iron Man". He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and attended Benson Polytechnic High School. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He played in 1278 out of 1281 games in his career (99.8%), with the three he missed coming in his second season, 1986–87.
M.C. Hammer - Rapper, entrepreneur, spokesman and actor. He had his greatest commercial success and popularity from the late 1980s until the mid-1990s. Remembered for a rapid rise to fame, Hammer is known for his hit records (such as "U Can't Touch This" and "2 Legit 2 Quit"), flamboyant dance movements and trademark Hammer pants. Hammer's superstar-status made him a household name and hip hop icon. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. M.C. Hammer is considered a "forefather/pioneer" and innovator of pop rap, and is the first hip hop artist to achieve diamond status for an album.
reated and produced his own acts including Oaktown's 3.5.7, Common Unity, Special Generation, Analise, One Cause One Effect, Teabag, Dom Kimberley, Geeman, Pleasure Ellis, B Angie B, Stooge Playaz, Ho Frat Hoo! and Wee Wee, among others. A part of additional record labels, he has associated/collaborated/recorded with VMF, Tupac Shakur, Teddy Riley, Felton Pilate, Tha Dogg Pound, Whole 9, Deion Sanders, Big Daddy Kane, BeBe & CeCe Winans and Jon Gibson, as well as others. In 1992, Doug E. Fresh was signed to M.C. Hammer's Bust It Records label.
Raised Pentecostal, in October 1997, and starred in the ministry television show M.C. Hammer and Friends on the Trinity Broadcasting Network as well as appearing on Praise the Lord programs where he went public about his devotion to ministry as an ordained minister. Hammer officiated at the celebrity weddings of actor Corey Feldman and Susie Sprague on October 30, 2002. (as seen on VH1's The Surreal Life), and also at Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil and Lia Gerardini's wedding in January 2005.
During an interview on TBN (between 1997–1998), Hammer claimed he adopted the "M.C." back into his name which now stood for 'Man of Christ'. Hammer continued to preach while still making music, running a social media business and television show, and devotes time to prison and youth ministries.
David Hart - actor best known for his portrayal of Sgt. Parker Williams on the hit television series In the Heat of the Night. He also appeared in numerous films and continues to perform in theatre around the country, most recently performing as Charlemagne in "Pippin" and Oscar in "The Odd Couple".
Darren Hayes Frontman and singer of the pop duo Savage Garden, whose 1997 album Savage Garden peaked at No. 1 in Australia, No. 2 in United Kingdom and No. 3 in United States. It spawned the singles "I Want You", "To the Moon and Back", and Australian and US No. 1 "Truly Madly Deeply". The duo followed the success of their debut album with Affirmation (1999), which provided additional hits such as US No. 1 "I Knew I Loved You", and Australian No. 3 "The Animal Song". Savage Garden sold more than 23 million albums worldwide.
Evander Holyfield; Heavy weight boxing champion.
Mahalia Jackson (1911- 1972) African-American gospel singer. Possessing a powerful contralto voice, she was referred to as "The Queen of Gospel". Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. She was described by entertainer Harry Belafonte as "the single most powerful black woman in the United States". In 1950, Jackson became the first gospel singer to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall, She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen million-sellers.
"I sing God's music because it makes me feel free," Jackson once said about her choice of gospel, adding, "It gives me hope. With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues."
LeBron James - Professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Marty Jannetty - Professional wrestler, best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation as part of tag team The Rockers with partner Shawn Michaels, and later as a singles competitor. While in the WWF, he became a one time Intercontinental Champion and a one time Tag Team Champion with the 1-2-3 Kid. With Michaels, The Rockers became two time World Tag Team Champions in the American Wrestling Association.
Avery Johnson - Former professional basketball player and current head coach of the National Basketball Association (NBA) team Brooklyn Nets. He has also coached the Dallas Mavericks, leading them to their first NBA Finals appearance and four consecutive 50+ win seasons. During his playing days, Johnson was known as the "Little General" for his small (by NBA standards) stature, his leadership skills as a point guard and floor general.
Gladys Knight; 70's Motown recording artist (Midnight Train To Georgia) known as the "Empress of Soul". Singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman, humanitarian, and author. She is best known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s and 1970s. Knight has won a total of seven Grammy awards.
Michael Landon Jr.; Actor, son of Michael Landon
Tom Lester - American actor and later evangelist. Best known for his role as Eb Dawson on the television series Green Acres, and appeared in the movies Gordy and Benji. He attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, where he received a B.S. degree in Chemistry and Biology and also briefly attended graduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, but acting became his main interest. After college, he taught school in Purcell, Oklahoma, but he left for Los Angeles, California. In his early 20s, he attended the First Baptist Church of Beverly Hills, California.
Tom Lister Jr. Lister Actor and former Professional Wrestler best known for his role as the neighborhood bully "Deebo" in the "Friday" trilogy series of movies.. He He also appeared as Sancho in the music video for Sublime's song "Santeria", and in the video for Michael Jackson's song "Remember the Time". Lister also appeared in The Fifth Element, Batman :The Dark Knight, Austin Powers, Little Nicky, Star Trek Enterprise, and Matlock.
Jane Fonda- actress, controversial political activist
Michael Moore - controversial documentary film maker. Moore is a Roman Catholic, but has said he disagrees with church teaching on subjects such as abortion and same-sex marriage.
Dick Smothers - Actor, comedian, composer and musician. He is best known for being half of the musical comedy team the Smothers Brothers, with his older brother Tom. The Smothers Brothers have appeared on numerous television shows over the past three decades, including two shows of their own: The Smothers Brothers Show, a sit-com from 1965 to 1966; and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, a variety show in 1967. Without Tom, he also appeared in the 1995 Martin Scorsese-directed film Casino. Smothers has also been very active in amateur automobile racing, both road racing and drag racing. Dick Smothers came out of the Bible closet a few years back and admitted he was a Christian in a television interview. Small wonder mom always liked him best! (and for that matter, maybe Tom is one too).
Brian Littrell - Singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the Backstreet Boys. He is also a contemporary Christian recording artist and released a solo album, Welcome Home, in 2006. Brian has 4 Top 20 solo singles in the US Christian chart. Littrell was also a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.
Angel Manfredy - Boxer who has fought in the Junior Welterweight, Lightweight and Junior Lightweight divisions. Angel Manfredy was a popular late 1990s fighter. Manfredy, nicknamed El Diablo (The Devil) because of his reckless lifestyle and of his boxing style converted to Christianity after trying to committ suicide in his bed while on cocaine.
Pete Maravich; NBA basketball legend. All-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game.
Kellie Martin - Television actress who is known for her roles as Rebecca Thacher on Life Goes On, Christy Huddleston on Christy, Lucy Knight on ER, and Samantha Kinsey on Mystery Woman.
Jerry Mathers; 1950's TV icon Leave it To Beaver
Shawn Michaels; American Pro wrestler
Gavin McCloud; TV legend Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Love Boat
Steve McQueen; 60's movie icon and anti-hero, The Towering Inferno, The Magnificent Seven, The Getaway, Junior Bonner, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Reivers, The Sand Pebbles, Le Mans, and many more.
McQueen had an unusual reputation for demanding free items in bulk from studios when agreeing to do a film, such as electric razors, jeans and several other products. It was later found out that McQueen requested these things because he was donating them to the Boy's Republic reformatory school for displaced youth. McQueen attended his local church, Ventura Missionary Church, and was visited by evangelist Billy Graham shortly before his death.
Moby - (Richard Melville Hall) Musician, DJ, and photographer. He is well known for his sample-based electronic music, his vegan lifestyle, and support of animal rights. Moby gained attention in the early 1990s with his electronic dance music work, which dabbled in the techno and breakbeat hardcore (also known as "rave") genres. With his fifth studio album, the electronica and house-influenced Play, he gained international success. He also created Moveon.org
Andy Montanez - Salsa singer; gained fame as a member of the internationally successful El Gran Combo group, with songs like "Hojas blancas" (White Leaves), "Un verano en N.Y." (A Summer at NY), "El barbero loco" (The Crazy Barber), "Julia", "Ponme el alcoholado, Juana" (Rub Me With Alcohol), "Vagabundo" (Bum), "El Swing", etc. He stayed for approximately 15 years, producing 37 LP's. He left El Gran Combo to pursue a career with Venezuelan group La Dimension Latina.
Alvy Moore - American light comic actor best known for his role as scatterbrained county agricultural agent "Hank Kimball" on the television series Green Acres. He attended Indiana State Teachers College, now Indiana State University, both before and after service with the Marines during World War II. he appeared in several movies and TV shows throught his career, including Susan Slept Here, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mickey Mouse Club, Frasier and even as a motorcycle gang member in Marlon Brando's The Wild One.
Mandy Moore; American singer-songwriter, actress and fashion designer.
Tia and Tamera Mowry; Twin actresses Sister Sister
Rich Mullins; American singer and songwriter
Lila Murillo; Venezuelan actress and singer.
Chelsea Noble; American actress who is best known for her role as Kate MacDonald on the American television sitcom Growing Pains.
Larry Norman; American Christian musician, singer, songwriter, record label owner, record producer, writer, playwright, actor, photographer, and humorist, who is credited as "a key figure in the development of contemporary Christian music",
Flannery O'Connor; American novelist, short-story writer and essayist. An important voice in American literature, O'Connor wrote two novels and 32 short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries. She was a Southern writer who often wrote in a Southern Gothic style and relied heavily on regional settings and grotesque characters. O'Connor's writing also reflected her own Roman Catholic faith, and frequently examined questions of morality and ethics.
Carroll O'Connor; Actor, star of "All In The Family" and "In The Heat of The Night" (Roman Catholic)
Jennifer O'Neill; Actress and author; For Love of Ivy, in Rio Lobo, Bare Essence, Cover Up, As a teenager, O'Neill worked as a fashion model and appeared in television commercials and on magazine covers before moving to films. In 2004, O'Neill wrote and published From Fallen To Forgiven, a book of biographical notes and philosophical thoughts about life and existence.
The actress, who had an abortion at the age of nineteen, became a pro-life activist and born-again Christian, counseling abstinence to teens. Jennifer O'Neill is also a constant worker for charitable causes, having served as chairperson for the American Cancer Society as well as being a staunch supporter of the Retinitis Pigmetosa Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation. Most recently, she hosts a one hour special for World Vision shot in Africa concerning the HIV epidemic. In addition, she remains actively involved with her childhood love of animals, sponsoring the Jennifer O'Neill Tennis Tournament to benefit the ASPCA, and fund-raiser for Guiding Eyes for the blind.
Ken Osmond; Actor and 50's TV icon best known for his role as Eddie Haskell on the original Leave It to Beaver.
Peret; Spanish Roman' (Gypsy) singer, guitar player and composer, and the main representative of Catalan Rumba. Peret represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 and performed at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.
Jorge Porcel; Comedy actor and television host from Argentina. He was nicknamed El Gordo de Am'rica (America's Fat Guy). Porcel was often considered, along with Alberto Olmedo, one of Argentina's greatest comic actors of the twentieth century
Mark Price; American basketball player who played for 12 seasons in the NBA, from 1986 to 1998. Spending the majority of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his last three years consisted of one season each with the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Orlando Magic.
Aaron Pryor - Boxer from Cincinnati, Ohio. He was World Junior Welterweight Champion from 1980 to 1985 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996. Pryor was voted by the Associated Press as the #1 junior welterweight of the 20th century in 1999.
Michael Redd - Professional basketball player. He was drafted 43rd overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2000 NBA Draft. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended West High School. He was also a member of the U.S. national basketball team.
Judge Reinhold - Actor, perhaps best known for co-starring in movies such as Beverly Hills Cop, Ruthless People, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and The Santa Clause trilogy. Reinhold has worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Smart Moves program in his home town of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has also been involved in suicide prevention efforts for veterans in his wife's home state of Arkansas.
Cliff Richard - Sir Cliff Richard, OBE musician, performer, actor, and philanthropist. With his backing group The Shadows, Richard dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His 1958 hit single "Move It" is often described as Britain's first authentic rock and roll song, and John Lennon once claimed that "before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music.
Over a 53-year career, Richard has become a fixture of the British entertainment world, amassing many gold and platinum discs and awards, including three Brit awards and two Ivor Novello awards. He has had more than 130 singles, albums and EPs make the UK Top 20, more than any other artist and holds the record (with Elvis Presley) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s). He has achieved 14 UK No. 1 singles (or 18, depending on the counting methodology) and is the only singer to have had a No. 1 single in the UK in six consecutive decades: the 1950s through to the 2000s (discounting digital downloads and counting only CDs, he had a UK No. 1 single in the 2000s). Richard is the third biggest selling singles artist of all time in the UK, with total sales of over 21 million, and has reportedly sold an estimated 250 million records worldwide.
Richard had hits in the U.S., including the million-selling "Devil Woman" and "We Don't Talk Anymore", the latter becoming the first to reach the Hot 100's top 40 in the 1980s by a singer who had been in the top 40 in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
David Ruprecht; American actor/writer primarily known for his work as host of the Lifetime/PAX game show, Supermarket Sweep. He has hosted the live stage show version of The Price Is Right at casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Mississippi and Connecticut. He has also hosted Family Feud Live. He currently is one of the hosts of the Price is Right Live Stage Show at Bally's Las Vegas. He works alongside Todd Newton and they have both worked alongside announcer Randy West.
Ruprecht has guest-starred on over 50 television shows from Three's Company to HBO's True Blood. From 1990 to 1992, he played Dan Ryan on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. He co-starred in the Broadway and Showtime productions of Perfectly Frank. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Downsize DC Foundation and is a member of the Libertarian Party. He is currently a practicing member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
David Robinson; American NBA basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs for his entire NBA career. Based on his prior service as an officer in the United States Navy, Robinson earned the nickname "The Admiral". He and teammate power forward Tim Duncan were nicknamed "The Twin Towers". Robinson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Jerry Sloan, and C. Vivian Stringer on September 11, 2009. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest centers in NBA history.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Gonzolez; Nicknamed El Puma (Cougar) is a Venezuelan singer and actor who has recorded many international super hits and participated in a handful of telenovelas.
Ann B. Davis Yep! Alice from the Brady Bunch is one of us! How can you hate Alice? Be nice and maybe she'll make you some pork chops and apple sauce!
Robert Walker - actor (Strangers on a Train, etc.)
Marie Windsor - Movie actress, painter, and sculptor, best known for her B-movie and Film Noir roles. Freaky Friday (1976), Chamber of Horrors, The Day Mars Invaded Earth, etc., Appeared in over 70 films and several TV shows in the 70's, including General Hospital and The Incredible Hulk.
Elijah Wood - Actor; Back To The Future. He is best known for his high-profile role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's critically acclaimed The Lord of the Rings trilogy and its upcoming prequels The Hobbit films.
Heather Young - TV star, Land of Giants, Time Tunnel, Battlestar Galactica 1980, Batman, Judd For The Defense, and also a Disneyland singer.
Roy Rogers cowboy actor who appeared in over 100 films ;
Tim Russert The late host of NBC's Meet The Press;
Alex Sanchez; Boxer; World Boxing Organization Minimumweight Champion 22 Dec 1993– 23 Aug 1997
Deion Sanders - Considered one of the most versatile athletes in sporting history because he played two sports at multiple positions. In the NFL, he played primarily at cornerback, but also occasionally as a running back, wide receiver, kick returner, and punt returner. He played for the Atlanta Falcons, the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins, and the Baltimore Ravens, winning the Super Bowl with both the 49ers and the Cowboys. In baseball, he played for the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves, the Cincinnati Reds, and the San Francisco Giants. He attended Florida State University, where he excelled at both football and baseball. Nicknamed "Prime Time" and "Neon Deion", is a former National Football League cornerback and Major League Baseball outfielder who currently works as an NFL Network analyst. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011.
Dorothy L. Sayers; English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Commedia to be her best work. She is also known for her plays and essays.
Martin Sheen; Apocalypse Now, etc.,
Arnold Schwarzenegger; Body Builder, actor, Govenor of California
John Schneider The Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville founder of Faith Works! ministries;
Earnie Shavers - American former professional boxer. In 2003, he was listed #10 on The Ring's ranking of the 100 greatest punchers of all-time. Muhammad Ali, Joe Bugner, Larry Holmes, Randall "Tex" Cobb, Ron Lyle and Ken Norton all credited Shavers as being the hardest puncher they had ever faced in the ring.
Sonny Shroyer Enos, The Dukes of Hazzard,
Michael W. Smith; Sons of the San Joaquin;
Gwen Stefani recording artist, member of No Doubt;
James Stewart Hollywood icon, It's a Wonderful Life, Harvey, also an Air Force General;
A.J. Styles - Professional Wrestler
Mr. T - 80's TV icon, The A Team, Rocky II,
Randy Travis country music legend;
Dick Van Dyke TV icon The Dick Van Dyke Show, Diagnosis: Murder;
Andre Ward; American boxer, and is the current WBA World Super Middleweight champion. As an amateur Ward won Gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the light heavyweight division, the first American boxing gold in 8 years. He qualified for the Olympic Games by ending up in second place at the 1st AIBA American 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tijuana, Mexico. Ring Magazine currently rates Ward as the number nine pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
Marcos Witt; Four-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Christian singer and pastor.
Alfred Hitchcock Mis-identified as an atheist by some. One of the masters of cinema, Hitch was actually a devout Roman Catholic who attended church regularly throughout his life. His film North by Northwest (1959) is listed as one of "The 50 Best Catholic Movies of All Time". It is interesting to note that the three best directors who ever worked in Hollywood, Frank Capra, John Ford, and Alfred Hitchcock, were all practicing Catholics. So much for the idea of the detrimental effects in these times of the Church upon art. "Almost without exception, they [Hitchcock's films, as well as DePalma's, Capra's, Scorsese, Copolla--all Catholics] display a Catholic sense of sin, guilt, atonement and redemption. Their most virtuous heroes struggle with grace as members of a communion of sinners. They seek redemption within a community rather than as individuals, and often salvation is mediated by a loving, self-sacrificing savior." (from Afterimage by Blake)
Yuri (Yuridia Valenzuela Canseco ) Mexican recording artist "Tu Iluminas Mi Vida" ; During the 1980's-1990's Yuri's albums and singles often reached the top of the charts, earning her over 100 gold albums in Mexico alone.
Charlie Zaa;Colombian Latin pop singer
Steven F. Zambo; president of Salty Earth Pictures His credits include Finding Home, Movie Critters Big Picture, The Daze Before Christmas, Thats Easy for You to Say! and The Daily Grind.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I. "Dandy Jim Buckley" on Maverick
Stephanie Zimbalist; The Awakening, The Golden Moment
Willie Aames - former actor ("Eight is Enough") turned "Bibleman"
Corbin Allred - actor, "Robin Hood: Men in Tights"; "Teen Angel"
Billy Barty - actor, famed "Little People" activist, Willow, Sigmund and the Seamonsters, The Bugaloos,
Justine Bateman - actress Family Ties,
Gary Burghoff - actor ("Radar O'Reilly" on M.A.S.H.)
Gary Busey - actor The Buddy Holly Story,
Kirk Cameron - actor, "Growing Pains"
Carl Clarfalio - actor ("The Thing" in Roger Corman's Fantastic Four film)
Lacey Chabert - Actress from "Party of Five"
Anna Chlumsky - Actress Deezer D - Actor on "E.R.", Christian rapper
Clifton Davis - movie star
Hazel Dawn - movie star
Laraine Day - movie star
Mark Deakins - actor "Star Trek: Insurrection", Axum on "Star Trek: Voyager")
Donna Douglas - actress ("Elly May Clampett" on Beverly Hillbillies, Frankie Loves Johnny, Twilight Zone)
Roma Downey - actress on "Touched by an Angel"
Robert Duvall - actor
Aaron Eckhart - movie star ("The Pledge", "Erin Brockovich", "Possession", etc.,
Dale Evans (1912-2001) - actress and Western recording artist,
Demond Wilson Played the son of nutty junkman Fred Sanford on 70's TV hit Sandford and Son. In real life, he's no big dummy! Yes, "Lamont Sanford" of "Sanford and Son" fame is a Christian. Demond left the glitter and glitz of Hollywood and found Jesus. Now he's a minister!
Kim Fields - actress, "Facts of Life"
Rhonda Fleming - movie star
Ryan Gosling - actor ("The Believer", Hercules on "Young Hercules")
Andy Griffith - actor, "Andy Griffith Show", Matlock,
Charlton Heston - actor, "The Ten Commandments", Planet of The Apes,
Tom Hanks - Movie legend, Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Castaway,
Dean Jagger - movie star (Academy Award for "Twelve O'Clock High", etc.)
Dean Jones - appeared in several Disney films
Danny Kamekona - actor (popular Hawaiian actor; "Hawaii 5-O"; Miyagi's rival "Sato" in "Karate Kid II")
Richard Kiel - actor; Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me; Moonraker
Carol Lawrence - singer/dancer/actress,
Olivia Newton-John - popular Australian-born singer, actress
Jean Stapleton Played Archie Bunker's tone deaf wife Edith on 70's sitcom All In The Family Stapelton says she often consulted her concordance to look up Bible verses when facing life's problems.
Bruce Marchiano - actor, Jesus in The Gospel According to Matthew
Gavin McLeod - actor, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Captain Stubing on The Love Boat
Terry Moore - Academy Award-nominated actress Come Back, Little Sheba, etc.
Robert Newman - actor, Austen O'Brian - actor on Promised Land
Jennifer O'Neill - actor
Kelly Packard - Wonder Years; Blossom; Step By Step; Baywatch; Boy Meets World
Austin Peck - Soap Opera actor
Della Reese - actress, singer, "Touched by an Angel" Della credits God (the one in the "xtian" Bible) for her miraculous healing, and became a minister. http://www.dellareese.com/html/minst.html
Pat Priest - actress ("Marilyn Munster" on The Munsters TV show; Easy Come, Easy Go w/Elvis Presley)
Judge Reinhold - actor
Mickey Rooney actor, starred in several movies with Judy Garland,
Jane Russell - movie star, Mis-identifiedd by some as a Satanist...probably by confusing her with Jayne Mansfield.
Brittany Murphy film actress and singer Clueless, 8 Mile, Girl Interrupted, voice of Luanne Platter on King of The Hill. Raised a Bapstist, she later became a non-denominational Christian.
Connie Seleca - actress, Nancy Stafford - actress on Matlock, MacGyver,
David Suchet - actor ("Hercule Poirot" on the PBS series Mystery)
Russ Tamblyn - actor (Peyton Place, West Side Story, etc.)
Ben Vereen - actor,
Paul Walker - movie actor; Varsity Blues, Meet the Deedles, The Fast and the Furious, etc.
Loretta Young - movie star Best Actress Academy Award for The Farmer's Daughter
Walker Edmiston (1926 - 2007) Actor and voice-over artist. Hosted L.A. kid's show,"The Walker Edmiston Show" during the '50's & '60's that featured puppets of his own creation. Edmiston appeared on various television programs during the 50s - 80s, including Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, Get Smart, Maverick, The Wild Wild West, Dallas, Quincy, Knots Landing, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Bob Newhart Show, Fantasy Island, Green Acres, Batman...and just about all the rest. His voice may be best known as the adult John Boy heard narrating on The Waltons. Edmiston did many television commercials and cartoon character voices, such as Ernie Keebler the Elf and various Kellogg's characters and also on The Transformers, The Great Mouse Detective, The Smurfs, and The Flintstones, Spiderman, Disney's Gummy Bears, and Jem . Saturday morning wouldn't have been as magical without Edmiston's voice lent to such characters as Sigmund and The Sea Monsters, H. R. Pufnstuf and The Bugaloos and especially Land of the Lost (he played Enik the Altrusian, and Jefferson Davis Collie III, and did all Sleestak voices,). He also did the voice of Tom Riley and many character voices on the Christian children's radio program, Adventures in Odyssey, for twenty years.
Mister Rogers Hey neighbor...did you know the late Fred Rogers was a Christian? I know, you're thinking, "No! He was too nice! He couldn't have been! NOOOOO!" Ah, but it's true. He even had a Doctrate in Theology to boot!
TV/Movie Producers and Directors
Martha Williamson - executive producer "Touched by an Angel"
John Woo - director, "Mission Impossible II", "Broken Arrow"
Don Bluth - animation director/producer (Land Before Time; Titan A.E.; The Secret of NIMH; etc.)
New Zoo Revue People Remember that kids show from the 1970's? Yep, the actors who played the two main characters are in real life both Christians and very active in the Lutheran Church.
Richard Dutcher - director/screenwriter/actor (Girl Crazy; God's Army)
Kieth Merrill (Academy award-winning IMAX director; "The Great American Cowboy; "Amazon", etc.)
Jerry Molen - movie producer (Schindler's List; Jurassic Park, Twister; Hook; Rain Man; etc.)
Richard Rich - animation director (The King and I; The Black Cauldron)
Ken Wales - producer, "Christy"
Michael Warren - producer, "Family Matters"
Kim Alexis - professional model Al Kasha - film composer, two-time Academy Award winner
Jane Clayson - co-anchor, "The Early Show" with Bryant Gumbel
Howard Finster - former preacher turned artist
Jeff Foxworthy - comedian
Kathie Lee Gifford - television talk show host
Johnny Hart - cartoonist, "B.C." comic strip
Michael Klausman - president, CBS Studio Center Hollywood
Mark Lowry - comedian
Deborah Norvill - "Inside Edition" anchor
Heather Whitestone-McCallum - first deaf Miss America
Michael Gross Mike was the dad on "Family Ties". His sister Mary was on Saturday Night Live in the 80's and was Sabrina The Teenage Witch's teacher. In real life, this brother and sister are (you guessed it) Christians (gasp!). They were so churchy growing up they even used to play Church as kids. And yes, they're still Christians.
Lisa Whelchel Even though Blair on the Facts of Life was a stuck up diva, Lisa is actually a really nice person and family gal (and one of those awful "xtians").
Tom and Ray Magliozzi (a.k.a. Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers) hosts of National Public Radio's "Car Talk" program.
ATHLETES AND SPORTS
Liliana Chala' Olympic athlete representing Ecuador, 1988 and 1992.
Bryan Clay - Track & Field (Decathlon)2004 Silver Medal winner
Allyson Felix - Track & Field Allyson is not afraid to stand up for her faith, which she says is the most important aspect of her life.
Steven and Diana Lopez - Diana Lopez is following in her older brothers' footsteps. Steven already has two Olympic gold medals in Taekwondo and will be competing with his sister in Beijing.
Sanya Richards - Track & Field
Donny Robinson - BMX (Bicycling Motocross)Donny Robinson won the 2006 National Bicycle League Championship and the 2007 USA Cycling BMX National Championship.
Laura Wilkinson - Platform Diving
Ruthie Bolton-Holifield, Olympic and professional basketball player. Bolton played in the WNBA from 1997 through 2004 with the Sacramento Monarchs. She played collegiately at Auburn University.
BOXING AND MARTIAL ARTS
George Forman Not only does this ex-heavy weight champ make an awsome grill, but he's a Christian minister! He knocks out the fat and knocks out Satan too!
Chris Byrd; Professional boxer, WBO and IBF Heaveyweight Champion
Vince Russo; Wrestler for WWF and WCW, also a writer
David B. Smith - Kick Boxing Champion and 6th degree black belt, he's also an Anglican Priest and Father of three! Henry Armstrong - World boxing champion
Billy Blanks - Martial Artist, Olympiad,Inventor of Tae Bo
Paulie Ayala-Mexican - American former boxer who is a two time world champion. Ayala is a born-again Christian , and he professed so by thanking God for his success after virtually each one of his fights.
Bob Fitzsimmons-Boxing's First Triple World Champion,
Chuck Norris - actor, martial artist, star of Walker Texas Ranger, appeared in dozens of films including Path of The Dragon, Game of Death, and an early student of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kwon Do, as well as Lee's friend.
Johnny Tapia-five-time world boxing champion. Steve "Sting"
Borden-professional wrestler and actor
Tiger Flowers-first African-American middleweight champion;
Esteban De Jesus - world lightweight champion boxer ;
BasketballJennifer Azzi,collegiate and professional basketball player.
Shane Battier,Houston Rockets
Walter Bond, Dallas Mavericks (1992/93), Utah Jazz (1993/95) and Detroit Pistons (1994/95)
Dee Brown, American basketball player, coach, and commentator, played at Jacksonville University, and in the NBA 1990'2002
Hubert Davis, New York Knicks, Toranto Raptors,was known for his accurate three-point shot. Davis is currently employed by ESPN as a college basketball analyst.
Bryce Drew ,best known for his buzzer-beating shot in the first round of Valparaiso's improbable run in the 1998 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
Julius Erving a.k.a, "Dr. J", won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles while playing with the ABA's Virginia Squires and New York Nets and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. He is the fifth-highest scorer in professional basketball history, with 30,026 points (NBA and ABA combined). He is well-known for slam dunking from the free throw line in Slam Dunk Contests.Erving was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time team and in 1993 was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame. Many consider him among the most spectacular basketballers ever.
Derek Fischer, L.A. Lakers. His career has spanned more than 14 years. He is one of the most well-respected players in the league and is known for his clutch shooting in NBA Playoffs games.
AC Green , played in more consecutive games than any other player in NBA and ABA history (1,192). He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat.
Hersey Hawkins, L.A. Clippers, Philidelphia Sixers
Allan Houston, retired American professional basketball player for the NBA, and currently the Assistant to the President for Basketball Operations, for the New York Knicks. Currently Houston spends his time helping different charity and non-profit organizations.
Mark Jackson played point guard for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets in the NBA in a career spanning from 1987 to 2004. He was previously an NBA analyst for The YES Network's New Jersey Nets games.
Avery Johnson, retired American professional basketball player and former head coach of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. Johnson is known as the "Little General" for his small (by NBA standards) stature, his leadership skills as a point guard and floor general.
Kevin Johnson , As a basketball player, he was a three-time NBA All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection who holds many records for the Phoenix Suns franchise. At University of California, Berkeley, Johnson had been a two-time All-Pac 10 Conference player who was also an honorable-mention All-American by the Associated Press sportswriters.He is the current mayor of Sacramento, California.
Lisa Leslie , was a American professional women's basketball player in the WNBA for the Los Angeles Sparks. She is a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner.
Brent Price , played for Washington for 3 years scoring an average of 3 points a game, and made 41% of his field Goals for the Washington Bullets.
David Robinson, NBA MVP in 1995; Two Time NBA Champion, U.S. Navy Alumni
Keith Smart, former basketball player and current coach. He is best remembered for hitting the game-winning shot in the 1987 NCAA championship game. The shot gave the Indiana Hoosiers a 74'73 victory over the Syracuse Orangemen.
Charlie Ward, a three sports retired American professional NBA basketball player, college football Heisman Trophy winner, Davey O'Brien Award winner and a Major League Baseball draftee. By some sports media and publications Ward has received recognition for being one of the best all-around athletes in the last quarter century. He was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Meadowlark Lemon Harlem Globetrotters Fame,
Kevin "The Duck"Duckworth; Seatle Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers Named the NBA's Most Improved Player and a two-time All-Star.
Vince Carter; shooting guard/small forward for the Orlando Magic.
BaseballFelipe Alou, former outfielder and first baseman in Major League Baseball and the former manager of the San Francisco Giants and Montreal Expos.
Rick Aguillara, former pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs.
Michael Barrett, catcher for the for the Toronto Blue Jays
Jay Bell, former Major League Baseball shortstop and second baseman who played for the Cleveland Indians (1986-88), Pittsburgh Pirates (1989-96), Kansas City Royals (1997), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2002) and New York Mets (2003).
Andy Benes, right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for four teams: the San Diego Padres, the Seattle Mariners, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks, in a fourteen-year career from 1989 to 2002.
Lance Berkman, Major League Baseball player for the Houston Astros. Berkman is known as "The Big Puma,"
Brett Butler ,
Joe Carter ,
Dave Dravecky ,
Travis Fryman ,
Orel Hershiser ,
Rex Hudler ,
Andy Pettitte ,
Harold Reynolds ,
Bobby Richardson ,
FootballTony Dungy Only African American athlete to win 2 superbowls as aplayer and a coach
Rosie Greer Football player, Bobby Kennedy's bodyguard, and guy in "The Thing With Two Heads". Yep, he's a Christian minister!
Bruce Matthews, offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans
Frank Reich ,
Deion Sanders ,quarterback in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, and the Detroit Lions. For a time, he had the distinction of having led his team to the biggest comeback victory ever in both the collegiate and professional ranks.
Mike Singletary ,
Gale Sayers ,
Jay Schroeder, quarterback in the National Football League who played for the Washington Redskins (1985-1987), Los Angeles Raiders (1988-1992), Cincinnati Bengals (1993) and Arizona Cardinals (1994)
Kurt Warner, starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.
Tim Brown, 1987 Heisman Trophy winner
David Carr ,
Howard Cross, played in 207 games for the Giants, and although he was known more for his blocking expertise, he finished his 13 year career in 2001 with 201 receptions for 2,194 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Trent Dilfer ,
Jeff Fisher ,
Irving Fryer ,
Darrell Green ,
Brent Jones ,
Steve Largent ,
Curtis Martin ,
ENTREPENURES and BUSINESS LEADERS
Colonel Harlan Sanders Determined Senior Citizen who founded Kentucky Fried Chicken was a Christian. The state of Kentucky honored him by making him a "Kentucky Colonel". I guess you don't need magic spells to be rich and successful after all.
Jerry Colangelo; businessman and sports mogul. He is the former owner of the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA, the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League and the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. He was also instrumental in the relocation of the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL to Phoenix to become the Phoenix Coyotes.
Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's
Chef Victor Bouardi a.k.a Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Created a commercial sensation when he began to sell his cans of his speghetti sauce out of his restraunt.
Bob Moore - Founder of Bob's Red Mills Natural Foods in 1978. In 2010, rather than sell his company at retirment, he instead gave ownership to his 200 employees. Moore said his desciion was based on the Christian idea that "The love of money is the root of all evil".
Truett Cathy - founder Chik-Fil-A (which is why all Chik-Fil-As are closed on Sundays and has Christian music playing. ),
Cecil Day - founder Day's Inn,
W. Clement Stone real life rags to riches story. Went from selling newspapers as a child to becoming a billionaire with the insurance company he started, the Combined Insurance Company. A philanthropist and self-help author. He wrote The Success System That Never Fails and Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude.
Arthur DeMoss - businessman and author, founder, DeMoss Foundation ,
H.G. Heinz - founder, Heinz ketchup,
Leonard Lesord - founder "Guidepost Magezine",
Norm Miller- Chairman of the Board, Interstate Batteries,
Lowell "Bud" Paxxon - founder PAX-TV ,
James Cash Penney (1875-1971) - founder, J.C. Penney department stores,
Charlie Plumb - motivational speaker, former Vietnam P.O.W.
Tom Pryor - ICMS; ABM ,
Sam Walton - founder of Wal-Mart , at one time the richest man in the world.
Zig Ziggler - famous motivational speaker
Chris Gardner A real life rags to riches story. Gardner escaped the poverty, alcoholism, and abuse that he had been exposed to growing up to become a multi-millionaire. After suffering many hard knocks in life, including being a homeless single parent for a year, Gardner overcame the obstacles to eventually establish the Gardner Rich and Co. Investment firm in Chicago. Today Gardner is also a motivational speaker and philanthropist. He is a contributer to the Cara Program and to the Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, where he and his son received desperately-needed shelter. Gardner remembers the encouragement he received from Reverend Cecil Williams, pastor of Glide Memorial . When he and his son would attend the church's Sunday services, often something Rev. Williams said would stick in his mind. One such phrase, Gardner said, was the idea that 'baby steps count too.' That simple word of encouragement helped Gardner press through the difficult days. 'As long as you are going forward, baby steps count too,' Gardner said. 'And rolling my child through the streets of San Francisco, and up the hills and down the hills, and through the rain, I just kept saying to myself, 'Baby steps count too.'' His story became the basis for the 2006 Will Smith film "The Pursuit of Happyness". And he did it without gris gris bags, prosperity talismans, or knowing which Enochian Key to use. Just think, you can be a success with out sorcery!
SOCIAL REFORMERS and HUMANITARIANS
Rosa Parks She was a member of the African-Methodist -Episcopal Church, and actually believed in it too. Her Christian faith only made her feel sorry for the white tormentors who called her "nigger" or threw rocks at her as she walked to school. Reading Psalms 23 and 27 early on had given Rosa McCauley the strength to love her enemies, and eventually overcome them. All haters who mock Christians as weak take note: Christianity made her powerful and strong!
Zofia Kossak-Szczucka- writer of historical novels, she helped save Jews in occupied Poland during the Second World War
Millard and Linda Fuller The Founders of Habitat for Humanity. The former Christian missionairies started the orginization to help people get houses who otherwise wouldn't in 1976. In 1996, U.S. President Bill Clinton awarded Fuller the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, calling Habitat for Humanity ''the most successful continuous community service project in the history of the United States.'
Josephine Brawley Hughes - an advocate of women's rights in the United States;
Dr. Rev.Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) Rev. King often quoted the Bible in his many speeches, and compared the 60's Civil Rights movement to the Exodus of the Jews under Pharo. He was a Christian minister, husband and father, a civil-rights leader, advocate of non-violence resistance to achieve desegregation in the US, and an internationally recognized Nobel Peace Prize recipient. "I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the GLORY OF THE LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope...This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, 'My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring'." The words of Rev. King continue to inspire many people today to find the courage and energy to work for social changes that serve equality, extend freedoms, secure justice, raise human dignity. Martin Luther King Jr., one of those "awful xtians".
Abbot Iscu Many people nowadays are too young to remember the Cold War and the evil Soviet Union that enslaved half of Europe. The Christians were targeted for elimination in this 'worker's paradise'. In Romania, 1951, Abbot Iscu was one such 'awful xtian' who was jailed and tortured by the Communists. He was tortured and beaten and ordered to renounce Christ, which he would not do. Ironically, one of the very men who tortured the Abbot was later imprisoned himself'in a cell with Iscu. An occultist no doubt would have probably uttered some kind of death hex at this point (pointless of course, since the man was going to die anyway, but that's how 'Magick' usually works!). The guard was restless and afraid of the certain death that awaited him. But as both men awaited death from their injuries, the Abbot forgave the man for torturing him, and even led him to Christ. Both men died peacefully on Christmas Eve, 1951. Abbot Iscu, one of those 'awful xtians'.
Richard Wurmbrant (1909-2001) Born in Romania, Richard suffered imprisonment and torture under both the Nazis and Communists. While in prison, the Communists (who were atheists) forced the prisoners to have a mock communion using urine and feces in place of the elements. The torture Wurmbrand said he dreaded the most was a refridgerated cell. The guards would place a prisoner in the cell naked and leave them until the prisoner was almost at the point of death. Then they would take the prisoner out and revive them'only to place them back in the cell for another round of torture. Wurmbrand would later write the expirence was so terrible, even in his later years of freedom he dreaded to open a refridgerator door because of the flashbacks it caused. The man's only crime for which he recived fourteen years of imprisonment (and don't expect to read about it on the OCRT website, run by Wiccans and atheists) was that he wanted to share the Christian faith with people. He became known as the "The Voice of the Underground Church", doing much to publicize the persecution of Christians in Communist (atheist run) countries. [Note: for information read Tortured for Christ by Richard Wirmbrand available from Amazon.com or Voice of the Martyrs]. Richard Wurmbrand, one of those 'awful xtians'.
Maximilian Kolbe Many people are under the delusion that the Nazis were 'xtians'. In truth, the Nazis leaders were Neopagan Odinists and athiests who sought to exterminate us 'xtians'. After an escape from a concentration camp, 10 prisoners were rounded up by the Nazis to be executed in retaliation. One man begged for his life, pleading the Nazi's not kill him. Fr. Kolbe stepped forward and asked to take the man's place. The prisoners were taken away to slowly starve. While an occultist might have tried chanting spells to free himself (which wouldn't have worked. Caglisostro and Franz Bardon and Edward Kelley couldn't free themselves from prison, for instance ), or throwing some kind of hex (which also wouldn't have worked). Fr. Kolbe comforted the other prisoners with prayers, songs, and stories of Christ's sacrifice for them. The Nazis finished the job they started two weeks later, by injecting Fr. Kolbe with Carbolic Acid. The man who Fr. Kolbe had saved would later live to see his freedom, and tell the world of the man who saved him. Fr. Kolbe, one of those 'awful xtians' killed under a Neopagan regime for being a Christian.
Bishop Ignatius of Antioch While many Neopagans fantasize the Pagans of ancient times as being wise and enlightened and possessing the magical powers they so crave, the truth is quite different. They were usually cruel, intolerant, and brutal. The Pagan Roman Emperor Trajan began the third period of persecution during his reign, believing Christians to be 'superstitious'. One such Christian was Ignatius of Antioch. Brought before the Emperor for refusing to sacrifice animals to Pagan idols (gods), Trajan condemned him to death. In an arena he was torn apart by two lions while throngs of Pagans cheered in 111 A.D. His writings still survive among the works of the early church fathers.
Bishop Ignatius of Antioch: one of those 'awful xtians' murdered by Pagans.
Chang Shen In the 19th century, Chang lived a life most Thelemites and Satanists dream of. He was a gambler, a womanizer, and a drunk. The people of his village thought there was no good in him. One day he lost his sight, which the villagers credited to punishment from their Bhuddist gods (idols). Chang heard of a hospital run by Christian missionarires (yep, those awful 'xtians' again) hundreds of miles away that might be able to restore his eyesight. He made the long trek to the hospital'even though he was blind. When he arrived at the hospital, it was full, but the Hospital's evangelist agreed to give up his own bed. Chang not only recived some of his eyesight back but he also became a Christian. During the boxer rebellion, many Christians were murdered by Chinese Pagans. Chang agreed to die in the place of other Christians who had been captured. The Chineese took him to a temple of the Chineese god (idol) of war'the equivalent to Roman Pagan Mars'and ordered him to worship. He refused. They ordered him to worship Bhudda, he refused again. He turned his back to the idols and sang a hymn to Christ. Three days later the Pagan Chineese murdered him. Fearing Chang's ghost would seek revenge, the superstitious boxers fled the area, and many Christians were spared further wrath of these enlightened followers of Chineese Paganism. Chang Shen was murdered in 1890 A.D. and his only crime was he would not bow to Pagan idols. Chang Shen: one of those 'awful xtians'.
Janani Lulim He was one of thousands of Christians murdered in Uganda. Idi Amin Dada was the butt of many jokes here in the U.S.A. in the 1970's. The rolly-polly dictator, with his chest of medals seemed like a living joke to late night comedians. But Amin was no laughing matter for the thousands of Christians whom he slaughtered during his reign as Uganda's dictator. Janani Lulim was one such Christian. He was tortured and killed and his only crime he was a Christian who refused to keep silent. Janani Lulim, one of those 'awful xtians'.
Japanese 'Kirishtans'In 1596 followers of the goddess worshipping Pagan religion known as Shinto and Bhuddists begun the persecution of Christians known as the 'Kirishtan Holocaust'. You probably haven't heard of it, since hating Christians is politically corrct nowadays. The first victims were executed by crucifixion. The youngest martyr was only 12 years old. An estimated 1 million followers were killed over a period of 260 years which did not end until Japan was defeated by the Allies during World War II. The Japanese martyrs: some of those 'awful xtians'.
The Thundering Legion The bloodthirsty Pagan butcher Marcus Aurelis Antoninus was once the Emperor of Rome. He considered worship of the Pagan gods (idols) important to the success of the Empire, and thus considered Christianity to be heresy. He led the fourth major Pagan Roman persecution of Christians during 163 A.D. to 180 A.D. (Gee, Pagans are starting not to sound so tolerant, are they?) But during a war in Germany against the Quadi and Marcomanni (also Pagans), he and his army found themselves trapped in the mountains with no water. Antonius and the other Pagans beeged their gods for help and 'nothing happened. The Pagan gods of Rome were just idols after all, and to paraphrase Ned Flanders, they might as well have been praying to Hawkman. A legion made up entirely of Christians stepped up and asked if they could pray for help with their situation. Antonius, feeling he had nothing left to lose, agreed. The Christians prayed, and a short time later it rained. The Romans were saved, and collected all the water they could, thanks to Jesus. The storm rumbled so loud that most of the enemy defected to the Romans out of fright. The Romans easily defeated the holdouts. The legion later became known as 'The Thundering Legion'. Antonius in true Pagan fashion stopped his persecution...for a little while...but then when right back to it a few years later (ingrate!). The Thundering Legion, some of those 'awful xtians'.
Bishop Stanislaus of Krakow in 1097 this Bishop confronted King Boleslaw (known as 'Boleslaw the Cruel'). The King pretended to listen to Bishop Stanislaus when he confronted him about his cruelty. Later, after his soldiers refused to murder the Bishop in church, the King himself murdered the Bishop with a dagger. Throughout the centuries, many Christians have stood up to tyrants for what we now call 'social justice'. It isn't a new thing. Bishop Stanislaus of Krakow, one of those 'awful xtians'.
Teddy Roosevelt President of the U.S.A. and cousin to Franklin. Built the Panama Canal. First Prez to fly in an airplane. Also created more protected land and natural parks than any other President. He was a Christian who once said "A good knowledge of the Bible is more important than a college education". Seems you CAN be a success without magic spells and be a "xtian" to boot! Bully!
Frankiln D. Roosevelt The guy on the dime. Also a president, and an unprecendented 4 termer at that. He put people to work during the Great Depression (my dad for one) with projects like the Conservation Corps. He kicked some Nazi posterior in WWII and showed handicapped people are handi-capable. He also proved the Nazi idea of handicapped people being "inferior" to be bunk like all their anti-Christian ideas. Once a reporter asked how FDR would describe himself, he replied "A Christian first and a Democrat second."
Harriet Tubman Tubman (1820-1931) became a friend of many of the best-known abolitionists and their sympathizers. John Brown referred to her in his letters as "one of the best and bravest persons on this continent'General Tubman as we call her."The pioneer of the underground railroad. Tubman's friends and fellow abolitionists claimed that the source of her strength came from her faith in God as deliverer and protector of the weak. "I always told God," she said, "'I'm going to hold steady on you, and you've got to see me through.'" God always did. It wasn't Voodoo that freed Sister Tubman, it was Jesus Christ! Tubman said she would listen carefully to the voice of God as she led slaves north, and she would only go where she felt God was leading her. Fellow abolitionist Thomas Garrett said of her, "I never met any person of any color who had more confidence in the voice of God."
Saint Nicholas Yes Habondia Star Raven, there really was a Santa Claus! Saint Nicholas (Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος , Agios Nikolaos, "victory of the people") is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a 3rd Century Christian saint and Bishop of Myra in Lycia of Anatolia (in modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercessions, he is also known as Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. His name in Dutch is Santa Claus. His acts of charity saved three girls from being sold into prostitution. Inspired by his anonymous gifts of money, Christians remember his act by exchanging presents at Chistmas. So the next time someone mocks you for believeing in Jesus and says "Is Santa Claus real too?", now you can wipe that little self-righteous smirk right off their face!
Remember "Schindler's List"? Even though he wasn't always an angel, he did indeed go to church, and he spent an estimated $6,000,000 over the war years to save 500 Jews from death.
Carol Swain - political scientist, author of Black Faces, Black Interests and The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration (a convert to Evangelical Christianity)
Reinhold Niebuhr, important theologian, statesman and philospher. Shaped American foriegn policy and fought for social justice.
Irena Sendler (1910-2008) Saved 2500 children during the holocaust. Using her position as a social worker, Sendler regularly entered the ghetto, smuggling around 2,500 children out in boxes, suitcases or hidden in trolleys. The children were then placed with Polish families outside the ghetto, created by Nazi Germany in 1940 for the city's half a million strong Jewish population, and given new identities.Sendler was honored with Israeli Yad Vashem Righteous Among the Nations medal in 1965 for her actions, and later made an honorary Israeli citizen.She was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Price in 2007, despite her bravery, in true Christian humble fasion, she denied she was a hero.
Corrie Ten Boom She and her family risked their freedom and their lives to save 10 Jews from the Holocaust. She and her sister were both sent to Dachau by the Nazis. Her sister lost her life there. Corrie was freed by a clerical error (i.e., a miracle) and after the war became an evangelist.This picture was taken after the war. Corrie is showing where the secret entrance to the hiding place was. Corrie never lost her faith in Christ, and her faith made her courageous and strong! Concerning difficult Bible passages, she said she just waited patiently, and eventually the answer to them came.
The Menonites These good folks live simple lives and wondrous works of charity. While Wiccans and Neopagans talk about getting "close to nature", the Menonites (and their cousins, the Amish and the Brethren) really do live close to nature! You may not have heard of them because they've never had a scandal for haters to gloat over. The Mennonite Disaster Relieif Orginization helps out everytime there's a disaster. They use their vacation time to help people rebuild their houses after hurricanes, tornados, floods, and earthquakes. The people of Hardee county and several neighboring counties in Florida sure appreciated all the help they got when they got hit 4 times in 2004. The people devestated by Hurricane Katrina loved the help they got too! These folks cleaned debris, put new roofs on houses, did electrical work, carpentry, masonry, etc., whatever was needed, and all free of charge. Number of Neopagans who have helped to date: zero.If you guys want to prove how much better you are than the evil "xtians" you better get on the ball!
The spread of Christianity in Western Europe eventually led to the abolition of slavery by the 13th century. Abolishonoists in the U.S.A (Christians) helped end slavery in the 19th century. Hundreds of Christian Abolishinists like the 3 pictured here helped end slavery in America.
The mother of modern nursing. She devoted her life to helping wounded soldiers during Crimean War . Inspired by what she took as "a Christian divine calling", experienced first in 1837 at Embley Park and later throughout her life, Florence committed herself to nursing. This horrible person was one of those awful "xtians", too. She cared for poor and indigent people. In December 1844, in response to a pauper's death in a workhouse infirmary in London that became a public scandal, she became the leading advocate for improved medical care in the infirmaries and immediately engaged the support of Charles Villiers, then president of the Poor Law Board.During the Crimean campaign, Florence Nightingale gained the nickname "The Lady with the Lamp", deriving from a phrase in a report in The Times:
She is a 'ministering angel' without any exaggeration in these hospitals, and as her slender form glides quietly along each corridor, every poor fellow's face softens with gratitude at the sight of her. When all the medical officers have retired for the night and silence and darkness have settled down upon those miles of prostrate sick, she may be observed alone, with a little lamp in her hand, making her solitary rounds. Nightingale wrote Notes on Nursing, which was published in 1860, a slim 136-page book that served as the cornerstone of the curriculum at the Nightingale School and other nursing schools established. Notes on Nursing also sold well to the general reading public and is considered a classic introduction to nursing. Nightingale would spend the rest of her life promoting the establishment and development of the nursing profession and organizing it into its modern form.In fact, many nurses are those awful "xtians" as well.
Who didn't make my list?
Karl Marx: philosopher who repackaged despotism and called it "scientific socialism" i.e. communism, ultimately causing the oprresion of freedom and deaths of millions...an atheist.
Joseph Stalin, mass murderer, cruel dictator, atheist
Polh Pot, killed one fifth the population of cambodia - - some people for merely wearing glasses or being able to speak French, some as young as 5 years old...an atheist.
Ho Chi Minh, despot, believed to have ordered the deaths of 500,000 to 1 million civilians. Atheist.
Moa Tse Dung, dictator, his "great leap forward" killed at least 20 million people. Atheist.
Vladimir Lenin, Dictator, ordered the deaths of political opposititon. Atheist.
A D O L P H H I T L E R Father of Nazism. Caused the deaths of 6 million Jews, an estimated 10 million Christians. Either occultist or atheist but definatley not a Christian (documents at the Nuremberg Tiral confirm Hitler wanted to eliminate Christianity).
Edie Amin Dada, Cruel dictator, even accused of cannibalism. Muslim.
Benito Mussolini, Father of facisism, member of the Axis, atheist.
Kim Jong Il, Korean dictator and mass murderer. Atheist.
Fidel Castro cruel dictator, mass murderer and Santerio follower,
Roman Emperors Nero and Justinian cruel dictators, mass murderer and Pagans.
Suddam Husein and his evil sons Uday and Osay cruel dictators mass murderers and M U S L I M S .
Marquis De Sade; pornographer, sadist and athiest.
Martin Borman, Joseph Goebbels, Joseph Mengele Cruel mass murdering dicators. Odinists or religiously indifferent. In any case all were Nazis who supported "kirchenkampf"(a Nazi program to completely eliminate all Christian churches by the end of the war), so they definatley weren't "xtian".
Ossama Bin Laden billionare terroist, world's supplier of tanzanite, Wahabi Muslim.
Yassir Arrafat; terrorist billionaire, Nobel Peace Prize Lauret, Muslim.
Charles Manson; mass murderer and eclectic occultist/Scientologist/drug enthusiast, despite what the OCRT says about him.
SO MAYBE THE "XTIANS" AREN'T COMPLETELY PERFECT, BUT MAYBE THEY AREN'T THE WORST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AFTER ALL, EH?
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