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Top 10 Peaceful Men

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Comments on the “Evil People” Lists have often called for a list of great people. I have researched 10 outstandingly good men, many of whom are very famous. I have listed them here. As it was said in The “Top 10 Most Evil Men List”, Evil people are abundant. On the other hand, good is a little harder to find. If you disagree with the list, or have any omissions (of which I’m sure there are many ), please comment. I hope you like this list.

10

Baha’u’llah

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According to the Baha’i religion, Baha’u’llah was born in 1817, a member of one of the great patrician families of Persia. The family could trace its lineage to the ruling dynasties of Persia’s imperial past, and was endowed with wealth and vast estates. Turning His back on the position at court which these advantages offered Him, Baha’u’llah became known for His generosity and kindliness which made Him deeply loved among His countrymen.

This privileged position did not long survive Baha’u’llah’s announcement of support for the message of the Báb. Engulfed in the waves of violence unleashed upon the Bábis after the Báb’s execution Baha’u’llah suffered not only the loss of all His worldly endowments but was subjected to imprisonment, torture and a series of banishments. The first was to Baghdad, where, in 1863, He announced Himself as the One promised by the Báb. From Baghdad, Baha’u’llah was sent to Constantinople, to Adrianople and finally to Acre, in the Holy Land, where He arrived as a prisoner, in 1868.

From Adrianople and later from Acre, Baha’u’llah addressed a series of letters to the rulers of His day that are among the most remarkable documents in religious history. They proclaimed the coming unification of humanity, and the emergence of a world civilization. The kings, emperors and presidents of the nineteenth century were called upon to reconcile their differences, curtail their armaments, and devote their energies to the establishment of universal peace.

Baha’u’llah passed away at Bahji, just north of Acre, and is buried there. His teachings had already begun to spread beyond the confines of the Middle East, and His Shrine is today the focal point of the world community which these teachings have brought into being.

9

Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin, born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706, may, by his life alone, be the most profound statement of what an American strives to be. He attended grammar school at age eight, but was put to work at ten. He apprenticed as a printer to his brother James, who printed the New England Courant, at age twelve, and published his first article there, anonymously, in 1721. Young Benjamin was an avid reader, inquisitive and skeptical. Through his satirical articles, he poked fun at the people of Boston and soon wore out his welcome, both with his brother and with the city. He ran away to New York and then on to Philadelphia at the age of 16, looking for work as a printer. He managed a commission to Europe for the purpose of buying supplies to establish a new printing house in Philadelphia, but found himself abandoned when he stepped off ship. Through hard work and frugality he bought his fare back to Philadelphia in 1732, and set up shop as a printer. He was appointed clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1736, and as Postmaster the following year. In 1741, he began publishing Poor Richard’s Almanac, a very popular and influential magazine. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1751, and served as an agent for Pennsylvania (and ultimately for three other colonies) to England, France and several other European powers.

He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1775, where he played a crucial role in the rebellion against Gr. Britain, including service to Jefferson, in editing the Declaration of Independence. Franklin, who was by this time independently wealthy and retired from publishing, continued to serve an important role in government, both local and national. He was the United States first Postmaster General, Minister to the French Court, Treaty agent and signer to the peace with Gr. Britain, Celebrated Member of the Constitutional convention (See Work, above). Benjamin Franklin: Businessman, Writer, Publisher, Scientist, Diplomat, Legislator and Social activist was one of the earliest and strongest advocates for the abolition of Slavery, and for the protection of the rights of American aboriginal peoples. He died on the 17th of April, 1790. On that day he was still one of the most celebrated characters in America.


8

Socrates

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Known as the founder of the Socratic method of questioning, Socrates was a famed social and judicial philosopher. Through his dialogues, his masterful arguments, and his logical method of countering his opponents verbally, he earned a reputation through every household, university and government office in Greece. Born to a sculptor and masonry worker in Athens, he followed his father’s chosen career path successfully for several years before devoting himself to the betterment of his own intellectual being. He had interest in the great philosophers of the day, including Plato and Xenophon. After their meeting, Plato continued writing using Socrates’ voice as the narrator of his works, which showed that logic and sound argument could disarm any opponent.

Socrates claimed to hear voices that told him about his own moral behavior, and would warn him if he were to not meet his own high standards of divine truth and justice. He also concluded that Greece’s wisest persons were not as wise as he, because Socrates claimed he saw his own ignorance. One who realizes he is ignorant will become the wisest of all.

Many Athenians in Greece thought that Socrates was polluting the minds of the city’s youth. They accused him of putting ideas into their heads, counter to the goals of the Athenian government. An argument, recorded in Apology, gives a prime example of Socrates’ argumentative process, where he shows that since the government has not thought about the city’s youth, they cannot be imprisoned for their corruption. This style of questioning begins with regular questioning and carries on until logic reaches a definite point and conclusion. His fame, life, philosophy and logic won him much praise, and is still considered the foundation of the philosophies that spread after him.

7

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, at his family home in Atlanta, Georgia. King was an eloquent Baptist minister and leader of the civil-rights movement in America, from the Mid-1950s until his death, by assassination, in 1968. King promoted non-violent means to achieve civil-rights reform and was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

King’s grandfather was a Baptist preacher. His father was pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. King earned his own Bachelor of Divinity degree from Crozier Theological Seminary in 1951, and earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Boston University, in 1955.

While at seminary, King became acquainted with Mohandas Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolent social protest. On a trip to India in 1959, King met with followers of Gandhi. During these discussions he became more convinced than ever that nonviolent resistance was the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom.

As a pastor of a Baptist church in Montgomery, Alabama, King lead a Black bus boycott. He and ninety others were arrested and indicted under the provisions of a law making it illegal to conspire to obstruct the operation of a business. King and several others were found guilty, but appealed their case. As the bus boycott dragged on, King was gaining a national reputation. The ultimate success of the Montgomery bus boycott made King a national hero.

Dr. King’s 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail inspired a growing national civil rights movement. In Birmingham, the goal was to completely end the system of segregation in every aspect of public life (stores, no separate bathrooms and drinking fountains, etc.) and in job discrimination. Also in 1963, King led a massive march on Washington DC, where he delivered his now famous, “I Have A Dream” speech. King’s tactics of active nonviolence (sit-ins, protest marches) had put civil-rights squarely on the national agenda.

On April 4, 1968, King was shot by James Earl Ray while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was only 39 at the time of his death. Dr. King was turning his attention to a nationwide campaign to help the poor at the time of his assassination.

6

Dalai Lama

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According to his homepage, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July, 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, and northeastern Tibet. At the age of two the child, who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that time, was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.

5

Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela was born in a small South African village, to a local chief and his third wife. He was the first person in his family to receive a western education, and was inspired to study law after witnessing the democracy of African tribal governance at an early age. Mandela became a sought after lawyer in Johannesburg, defending black South Africans against the government’s increasingly unfair treatment, and a key figure of the African National Congress, a political party that sought to unite all Africans and regain their rights and freedom. He participated in boycotts, organized protests, mobilized his people and, in turn, was labeled an enemy of the state: accused of treason, banned from political involvement, disbarred and sentenced to life in prison. Mandela’s incarceration brought international attention to the racial injustices of South Africa’s apartheid government, sparking the rally cry “Free Nelson Mandela” worldwide.

Mandela served 27 years in prison, before his release in 1990, at the age of 72. He was elected the first black President of South Africa, in 1994. Although he retired from political life in 1999, Mandela continues to lend his voice towards issues that affect his country and the world at large, such as the AIDS epidemic, poverty and human rights. He was also instrumental in securing South Africa as the host of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Nelson Mandela is one of the world’s greatest, and most admired political leaders. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, for he is a shining example of the incredible strength of the human spirit to persevere, in the face of adversity, for the pursuit of freedom.


4

Mohandas Gandhi

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Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Kathiawar, West India. He studied law in London, but in 1893 went to South Africa, where he spent 20 years opposing discriminatory legislation against Indians. As a pioneer of Satyagraha, or resistance through mass non-violent civil disobedience, he became one of the major political and spiritual leaders of his time. Satyagraha remains one of the most potent philosophies in freedom struggles throughout the world today.

In 1914, Gandhi returned to India, where he supported the Home Rule movement, and became leader of the Indian National Congress, advocating a policy of non-violent non-co-operation to achieve independence. His goal was to help poor farmers and laborers protest oppressive taxation and discrimination. He struggled to alleviate poverty, liberate women and put an end to caste discrimination, with the ultimate objective being self-rule for India.

Following his civil disobedience campaign (1919-22), he was jailed for conspiracy (1922-4). In 1930, he led a landmark 320 km/200 mi march to the sea to collect salt in symbolic defiance of the government monopoly. On his release from prison (1931), he attended the London Round Table Conference on Indian constitutional reform. In 1946, he negotiated with the Cabinet Mission, which recommended the new constitutional structure. After independence (1947), he tried to stop the Hindu-Muslim conflict in Bengal, a policy which led to his assassination in Delhi, by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu fanatic.

Even after his death, Gandhi’s commitment to non-violence and his belief in simple living: making his own clothes, eating a vegetarian diet, and using fasts for self-purification as well as a means of protest— has been a beacon of hope for oppressed and marginalized people throughout the world.

3

Siddhartha Gautama

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In about the sixth century B.C., Siddhartha Gautama was born into a royal family. When he was a young adult his experiences with the outside world drove him to seek out a greater understanding of life and spiritual fulfillment. Through seeking guidance and meditation, Siddhartha was said to have achieved Enlightenment. From that point, he was known as the Buddha, which means ‘Enlightened One’. For the rest of his life, the Buddha traveled great distances, teaching people about one path to salvation. After the Buddha’s death, his pupils continued to spread his teachings. Buddhism developed at a time when Hinduism, the most widespread religion in India, had become tightly controlled by priests and the upper classes. Buddhism offered hope and access to spiritual understanding and satisfaction to ordinary people. Throughout the world today, people still follow the teachings of the Buddha.


2

Confucius

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Master Kong Qiu, as his name translates from Chinese, lived from 551 to 479 BC, and remains the most important single philosopher in Eastern history. He espoused significant principles of ethics and politics, in a time when the Greeks were espousing the same things. We think of democracy as a Greek invention, a Western idea, but Confucius wrote in his Analects that “the best government is one that rules through ‘rites’ and the people’s natural morality, rather than by using bribery and coercion. This may sound obvious to us today, but he wrote it in the early 500s to late 400s BC. It is the same principle of democracy that the Greeks argued for and developed: the people’s morality is in charge; therefore, rule by the people.

Confucius defended the idea of an Emperor, but also advocated limitations to the emperor’s power. The emperor must be honest, and his subjects must respect him, but he must also deserve that respect. If he makes a mistake, his subjects must offer suggestions to correct him, and he must consider them. Any ruler who acted contrary to these principles was a tyrant, and thus a thief more than a ruler.

Confucius also devised his own independent version of the Golden Rule, which had existed for at least a century in Greece before him. His phrasing was almost identical, but then furthered the idea: “What one does not wish for oneself, one ought not to do to anyone else; what one recognizes as desirable for oneself, one ought to be willing to grant to others.” The first statement is in the negative, and constitutes a passive desire not to harm others. The second statement is much more important, constituting an active desire to help others. The only other philosopher of antiquity to advocate the Golden Rule in the positive form is Jesus Christ.

1

Jesus Christ

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I have ranked Jesus Christ as number one because His impact is far more reaching than any of the other members of this list – with more adherents in the world, by a mile, than any other religious group. Jesus of Nazareth is the founding figure of Christianity, and Christianity is the religion that shaped Europe and much of the world, as a consequence. As the largest religion in the world, there is no doubt that Christianity is still making an impact to this day. The principal sources of information regarding Jesus’ life and teachings are the four canonical gospels. Most critical scholars in the fields of history and biblical studies believe that ancient texts on Jesus’ life are, at least partially, accurate, agreeing that Jesus was a Galilean Jew who was regarded as a teacher and healer. They also generally accept that He was baptized by John the Baptist, and was crucified in Jerusalem on orders of the Roman Prefect of Judaea Pontius Pilate, on the charge of sedition against the Roman Empire. Interestingly, the most peaceful man on this list also said: “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword.” [St Matthew 10:34]



  • Geronimo1618

    Goodness me. Let the show begin!

    • This guy just opened a can of worms the size of Ron jeremy’s d**k!

      Quite of few of the above mentioned resorted to violence to achieve their goal.

      This list could have been a lot better:(

      • Conner

        You’re absolutely right. For example, Gandhi was a dirty old man who slept naked with young girls. Not to mention Mandela, who’s terrorist group ‘Spear of the Nation’, had their own personal favourite method when it came to murdering whites and Black South Africans who worked for whites-Necklacing. (The act of placing rubber tyres over a person’s body, drenching them in petrol and setting them alight).

        • mathbug

          Hello Friend,
          I cant agree with your views on Mahatma Gandhi
          How can you tell such rude things about a man who brought freedom to India without taking weapons?
          Please delete your post before more people sees it

        • Actually that is considered a rumor spread by a few sources, most of which non-reliable. Just type in Google for a while and start educating yourself about him, one source is only truly available. Anyways those sources are too hard to really identify as being legitimate. Peace has nothing to do with sexual urges or acts either.

  • Eicg

    Just for your information, the picture in no. 10 is actually `Abdu’l-Bahá the eldest son of Bahá’u’lláh’s and his appointed successor, Abbas Effendi, is commonly known. `Abdu’l-Bahá means “Servant of Baha.” In 1892 He was designated by Bahá’u’lláh as the “Center of the Covenant” toward whom all Bahá’ís should turn, the authorized interpreter of His father’s writings and the perfect exemplar of Bahá’í life.

    However, it is worth mentioning that Bahá’ís prefer not to view the photo of Bahá’u’lláh in public, or even to display it in their private homes, and Bahá’í institutions have requested the press not to publish the image in the media

  • Bob

    #9 – Adulterer and all around sleezeball

    # 8 – Pedophile

    #7 – Adulterer

    #4 – Pedophile

    • antonlavey

      #4 was not only a pedophile, he wasnt soo peaceful towards africans

      The existance of jesus being a matter of faith and not fact aside How peaceful is this; Luke 19:27 “But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them–bring them here and kill them in front of me.” ~ Jesus christ

      • CrashNZ

        That quote is from a parable (a story with a message) that Jesus is telling, not something that Jesus us saying. That being said Jesus was the prince of peace, but he was not short of enemies. In the end we all have to decide if we are his friend or enemy.

        • guest

          well put.

        • antonlavey

          Its a parable he chooses to tell in order to relate a message and that is the punch line of the parable. Wether or not you wrote the propaganda it is what it is.

          Also on his own admission going into other religious places of whorship, and saying that they are wrong in what they believe and that he is right and only he is the way to salvation isnt peaciful either. Not to mention in revelations he’s supposed to lead the army of god against the forces of the devil. And again, the list could include alot of charecters from parts un proven that were far more peaciful.

          • BFXer

            Someone with the SN of the founder of the Church of Satan would not, of course, be biased when it comes to this subject matter…

          • Truthistheway

            Oh sir but that is peace because he is telling the wrong what is truthful and right and so that is the biggest peace offering of all offering you salvation through the way, the the truth, and the life, JESUS CHRIST?

        • RedJohn

          In the end we have to make up are own damn minds as to who is the msot peacefull/rightous/evil/ etc. And as long as your pursuits of these things, and your eventual conclushions, have love and goodness at it’s center and don’t suggest or involve violent action. I say to you Amen, Salam, and HAVE AT IT!!!!

        • anonymous

          In fact, all prophets and messengers of God were the most peaceful people on earth. This list is not very proper and complete anyway.

      • mordechaimordechai

        that sure is laughing matter,not faith !!! The line you refer to is spoken by an imaginary king inside a parable. thus is not His words. Ridicolous comment

      • dghammer

        Leave it to the faithless to quote the Bible.

    • monie

      Because they just had too much love for one person or people over 18 ^_^. And I would hardly call Socrates a pedophile, not only was it a norm at the time but expected so fail on that part.

    • Gabriel

      #1 – Fictional

      • anna

        Whether you believe that Jesus is the son of God or not, You cannot say that he is fictional. The story of Jesus can be found in whole or in part in many other historical documents, and is even mentiond in the Koran aswell. There Is a lot of proof that puts Jusus on this earth, in his time, and doing great “mirricles”… You dont have to be Christian to agree that Jesus was a great man, that changed the world dramatically, just from his presence. He is rightfully at number 1!!!

        • crossgrinder

          Yeah same as Santa Claus. Grow up! :-)

          • aaaaaaaa

            that’s really ignorant

        • frank

          show me some solid proof of the existence of Jesus Christ that was found outside of the bible.

          Good luck.

          • Dave

            The Q’ran. Muslims and, I’m fairly sure, Buddhists also believe he existed as a prophet.

          • Jev

            I’ll list a few:

            Pliny the Younger
            Tacitus
            Suetonius
            Josephus
            Mara bar Sarapion
            The Talmud
            Thallus
            Lucian
            Celsus
            The Acts of Pilate

            I’m not mentioning these in order to force any particular side of the argument, but at least understand both sides of the argument before you assume a particular viewpoint.

            In any case, you can read about both viewpoints (emphasized) at:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historicity_of_Jesus

          • der

            show me solid proof that any signle person lived 2000 years ago. i mean come on, that was a real long time ago

          • The Ashok

            show me solid proof that any signle person lived 2000 years ago. i mean come on, that was a real long time ago

            There are 100s of examples. Julius Caesar, Plato, Aristotle, Chandra Gupta Maurya The Great, Ashoka The Great, Alexander The Great et al. There’s plenty of proof lying out there and these historic figures lived 200 to 500 years before common era (i.e around 2500 years ago)

          • John

            idiot.

        • ringtailroxy

          Please put references to the historical documents that relate Jesus of Nazareth’s real world existence. He’s about as historically real as Robin Hood & King Arthur.

          • Spaz

            Josephus (c.37 – 100, also known as Yosef ben Matityahu, Hebrew ???? ?? ??????, Joseph son of Matthias) was a renowned 1st-century Jewish historian. Despite being a Roman apologist, his writings are considered authoritative and provide an important historical and cultural background for the era described in the New Testament. Books 18 to 20 of the Antiquities are the most important in this regard.[2] Josephus was fluent in Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek.

            Josephus writes of a Jewish sect led by James the Just, whom he calls the brother of Jesus. Josephus’ history includes sections on John the Baptist, the High Priest Annas, Pontius Pilate, and Jesus called the Messiah.

            There is broad scholarly consensus that the two passages referring respectively to John the Baptist, and to James the brother of Jesus are genuine.[citation needed] A third passage, the famous Testimonium Flavianum found in the Antiquities of the Jews 18.63-64, in its current form summarizes the ministry and death of Jesus; but the authenticity of this passage remains contested by many scholars, and has been the topic of ongoing debate since the 17th century. The most widely held current scholarly opinion is that the Testimonium Flavianum is partially authentic; but that those words and phrases that correspond with standard Christian formulae are additions from a Christian copyist.[3][4]

            In those parts of the Testimonium that are commonly regarded as authentic, Josephus describes Jesus as a teacher and miracle worker, attracting a large following who revered him after his death; but, other than James, Josephus names none of the founders of the Church such as St. Paul, St.Peter or any the Twelve Apostles, nor does he refer to basic Christian doctrines, such as the Virgin Birth, the Incarnation or the Atonement. This led William Whiston to suggest that Josephus may have been an Ebionite Christian.[5]”

            Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus_on_Jesus

            You can argue all you want on whether this guy is GOD but there are other historical documents on a man called Jesus of Nazareth.

          • SHA

            That’s as good as saying Plato, Aristotle and Caesar didn’t exist.

        • Pete

          That’s true Anna. Even Muslims believe in Jesus. They just believe he was a prophet of God, not the Son.

          • Tanjeem

            yeah……….that’s what i wanted to say….we also believe in him but in the name of Isa(PBUH) and we believe him as a prophet………let us join Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews to one group

        • seriously

          Jesus at #1? Really? Um, wasn’t there just a list up talking about shameful moments in catholic history? I’m sorry but waaaaaaaaaaay too many people throughout history have died because of religion and not agreeing with the mass. I do not believe anyone religious individuals should be on this list. Fail.

          • Jev

            You simply can’t compare Catholicism and Jesus as an individual. Many of the thing they do are NOT based on his teachings.

          • decaf

            this is not about the church this is about what Jesus the man did. Jesus AS AN INDIVIDUAL was a great man, weather you believe in him or not. and as a christian i am appalled by some of the things christianity has caused, but Jesus was great and deserves to be at the top of this list

        • Jonh Adam

          What Jesus said I can also say. Can you say anything like Socrates or Einstein?

          Ok, let start now: you must believe in me. I am the father of Jesus. I am the god of gods. I am the universal. You will be happy for all time if you believe in me. You must follow me….(stupid).

          Can sth he said be proved? or reality? who know(and see)?
          All the buffaloes can do is just believe and believe only.

        • William Luke D. Tupas IV

          God Bless You! :)

      • Ponta

        O f course he is fictional,but you must understand that this site is about traffic as well,and there are a lot of god’s sheeps surfing here.

        • Exodiafinder687

          There are also a lot of Dawkins sheep around here apparently.

          • ringtailroxy

            Jesus = sheep. Dawkins= wolves.

        • Tanjeem

          Well said…:)

        • SHA

          Well said. I have also been questioning the existence of people like Julius Caesar. DUH! Shakespeare invented him. Stupid people see no sense, I tell you.

      • tuco

        no lol hes not fictional..your intelligence is fictional, however.

        • Ponta

          Your are the reason why condom have been invented

      • dghammer

        you are fictional….I do not believe you exist therefore you don’t, bye bye figment

    • Manchez

      # 5 – same as #7

      • Mixed_monkeys

        Manchez, you are ignorant.

    • Brackus Studley

      #9-Human

      #8-Human

      #7-Human

      #4-Human

      This article is highlighting the good they did and it outweighs the bad on a broader scale. People whine about hearing bad all the time, and when they hear something good they bring out the bad.

      • TheBlackFrost

        Jesus may or may not have been real, but if he existed, he certainly was an amazing man. Dispite that it may seem like only holy books talk about him, there are some credible and near-definite sources. However, we can never be sure without time machines. Regardless of what he stood for, Jesus was a very peaceful individual who sought nothing more than acceptance and tolerance across the world. It’s not his fault Christians interpreted his teachings as “Be white, straight, and love god or you suck”

        If people actually followed the bible’s teachings directly and exactly, Christianity wouldn’t be so stupid

        LOL I just ruined an intelligent thought, WINNING!

    • I don’t think being a flawed human being disqualifies someone from this list.

  • connor

    Franklin was also a womanizer and a manwhore.

    • Connor’d Dad

      Son, you don’t seem to have a basic understanding of human nature. Normally womanizers and manwhor*e$ are more peaceful than s*x deprived losers like you. Don’t you know the quote “make love not war”?

      • villafuerte22

        FTW ^

      • Trevor

        Funny thing that Connor’s dad also smokes pot, and fights with his wife sometimes if he has one. So I guess sex isn’t everything.
        HAHA

    • CowTipper4

      also, there’s a difference between being peaceful and being moral. i’m assuming you believe promiscuity is immoral…

  • Jamestown

    I do not agree that Dalai Lama should be in there. That man lives and breathes propaganda.

    • Arsnl

      I dont know about that, but i am certain that picture of him deserves a funny caption. Something along the lines “i almost ruined your olympics” or “google hates you” or ” you’d deffo look like a d**k if you wore my clothes”. I dont know. Im not good with captions. “you are dead inside”. Does that work?

  • joedude

    Not a fan of Confucius, but good list and info.

    • Fred

      Confucious say: “Why you no lika me? Me not sexy?”

    • decaf

      confucious say crowded elevator smell different to midget

  • tanvir

    i liked most of the list but i donot think you should have added religious figures. i specialy donot like the fact that jesus was number one. there is religious proof of jesus but there is no real historical proof of him. same with other religious figures. if you take that aspect out, then you can also say that there are peacefull teachings in the bible (which is the holy scripture that is revolved around jesus). but there are as many, if not more immoral and disgusting things that are taught in the bible.
    i liked most of the other entries but this is one that bothered me.

    • disciple

      Jesus is a historical figure found in many historians’ writings, such as Pliny the Younger, Tacitus, Josephus, etc. Now it’s up to you whether you want to believe these texts that are deemed historical by our modern historians.

      • God

        Jesus is a historical figure to brainwashed morons like you and the author this list. If the communication technology and press during the times of jesus was as good as these days God knows how many sex scandals of Jesus like sending pics with just underwear on would have seen light.

        • jackdaniels63

          And you are just another lib pig….enjoy the slop that your master obama tosses you.

          • the guy with logic n stuff

            yes, because disagreeing with a religious figures existence makes someone a liberal.
            makes sense.

          • jackdaniels63

            Have no problem with disagreement….just lame liberal BS. Just the same as usual.

        • SHA

          Honestly, there is more historical evidence to prove he existed than otherwise. It’s just cooler to disagree he never existed to seem like one those in-vogue radical hipster atheists.

          I’m not a Christian, but I’ve never found a single sensible argument against his existence that wasn’t tackled by historians.

          You’re blindly conforming to the “Did not exist” group just the same way you believe others are blindly conforming to the “Did exist” group. In fact, your flawed logical reasoning is extensively and humorously discussed in a brilliant Cracked article.

          You’re probably one of those impressionable dunderheads who watches some propagandist documentary like Zeitgeist that pretends to be intelligent and intellectual at the same time, and takes it upon himself to annoy the buttcrack out of everyone’s butt online. If this were the 1940s, you’d the be first one to strip naked, plait your pubic hair, grow your hair long, live outside the ‘system’, and proclaim everything a conspiracy. You’re the guy that gets carried away with Masonic theories. You’re the Dawkins who likes to run his mouth about a lot of things you don’t know, and champion the cause of militant atheism under the guise of science whilst deliberately offending as many people as possible as a marketing strategy. You know, the guy who likes to say radical things for the sake of saying radical things. You’re the English professors who questions the existence of reality, because why the hell not! There is no proof of its existence beyond our ‘subjective perception through limited senses’. The guy who is mesmerised, like a little child, with things that shock people because “Wow! This is so groundbreaking, radical and in-your-face! I’m a believer because I’m too stupid to figure things on my own!” You’re basically like that whiny immature metalhead skeptic who doesn’t even understand skepticism. You’re basically the guy who doesn’t know how to be a real atheist. So, shut up.

          PS: Dawkins does make some nice points. :)

      • chainbear

        Actually, Jesus is not a historical figure – there are many separate accounts of rabbis and preachers who line up with some of the stories of Jesus, but there are no consistent stories of one man who lived the life of Jesus.

        • Sandos

          He’s in the Roman census.

          • Woyzeck

            Which census would that be?

          • fedge

            I bet he didnt list jedi as his religion.

      • Woyzeck

        Come now, I believe that Jesus existed but your historiography is lacking somewhat. Pliny the Younger’s mention of Christ is not historical in nature, it only states that Christians believe in him. Tacitus only states that Christ was killed (several decades before the events Tacitus is writing about) and Josephus’ mention of Jesus is believed by modern historians to be at least partly fabricated by other parties. There are other, equally unhelpful references to him, but he is far from a properly historically referenced figure.

    • Princess711

      Jesus is the cause of a lot of peace, and because 3 major religions accept that Jesus was real, and To Christians the Bible is accepted as the thruth. Therfore in my opinion Jesus should for sure be number one as he affects the most people on this globe

      • Woyzeck

        This isn’t a list of the people who affect the most people on the globe.

      • God

        Enter your comment here.

      • God

        Thats called circular reasoning you twat. They all use the same source.

    • Piper

      Please tell me, where are these sick and immoral teachings in the Bible? I have a Bible right here. I will look up anything you tell me. I’ve been reading the Bible for a while now, and I haven’t found anything like what you describe.

      • marcel

        Kinbg david sent a man to his death so that he could steal his wife. And david’s punishment for this was to have his son sleep with all this wife. Soddom and gomorra lot sleep sleeping with his daughters after the cities destruction. also the story of job i don’t know about u but it is sick that god made a bet with satan that no matter what tragedy fell upon him he would never forsake God

        • LaneB

          I fail to remember a disclaimer in the Bible reading “All events and actions recorded here are EXACTLY the way God wants you to act.” Unless you can find a passage stating that God wants you to kill someone’s husband or sleep with your daughters, those accounts remain simple descriptions of actions people took. It’s no more immoral than the nightly news (which certainly describe murder, theft, abuse, and rape quite frequently).

          On the other hand, there are numerous commands and moral directions in the Bible that state the exact opposite of the heinous actions listed above.

          • Piper

            Booya!!!

          • Claw

            xD double slap! Cause I’m sure when you slapped his right cheek, he humbly gave you the left one.

      • God

        i said that gays should be stoned, i said that women should obey their husbands, i said that people who work on the sabbath should be stoned, i say that all shell fish are dirty and you shouldn’t eat them (not immoral but funny) i said that anyone who curses at their mother or father should be put to death i said that any rebellious children should be stoned people who have sex with animals should be stoned along with the animal i said that if a man rapes a virgin that he must pay 50 pieces of silver then marry her ect…

        oh and remember to brush your teeth

        • oliver

          It does not once say to stone any of those people in the Bible. It says that homosexuality is a sin, it says that children should obey their parents(excuse me If I do not find that as such a horrible thing), and it says to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. However, in no verse mentioning any of those three things does the Bible instruct you to kill or hurt the ones who have committed these sins. Also, it does not instruct you to stone humans who have sex with animals, no matter how much this goes against nature itself.

          • Canuovea

            “If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives.” (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)

            “Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death.” (Exodus 21:15 NAB), a bit much I’d say.

            “All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense.” (Leviticus 20:9 NLT)

            “Yes, keep the Sabbath day, for it is holy. Anyone who desecrates it must die; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community. Work six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest. I repeat: Because the LORD considers it a holy day, anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.'” (Exodus 31:12-15 NLT)

            So. How now? A little Google usage reveals this just as easily as actually looking up the verses. Yes, the bible does state that. How you interpret it is up to you…

    • jimmy

      i 100% guarantee you that if someone like Julius Caesar, who is absolutely real, was a religious figure, this asshole would say he was fake. fucking atheist troll

      • qwerty

        shut the f*** up and get over your all idiots for arguing this shit in the first place.

  • Zvelos

    Good thing he’s talking about Jesus and not about the Bible then, isn’t it? Also, the idea of Jesus has created more things and have done more for this World (Good or Bad) than most everyone else on this list, so that alone should be enough to have him in the top ten.

    The only problem I can see anyone having with it, is it does look like putting a Religious figure in with a bunch of historians and peace-keepers is a bit off.

    • guest

      Jesus and the Bible are one and the same. John 1 In the beginning was the Word and Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

      • d

        Your logic makes absolutely no sense, unless you are mistakenly thinking that ‘the Word’ (Greek ‘logos’, which is basically the Holy Spirit) is the Bible. In this case, it is not. Obviously the Bible wasnt around before the people that are in it.

  • undaunted warrior 1

    Not a bad list – but I feel no. 1 should have been left off, the only reason I say that is beause it is going to cause a lot of mud slinging on a very Peaceful Sunday.

    • Lifeschool

      I am beginning to think the same thing. I nice peaceful list and everybody seems to look at the negative instead of applauding the postive. It quite boring reading ‘yeah but he didn’t exist!’ a million gazillion times.

      • mom424

        and of course he did exist; most historians agree on this. What’s up for debate is his divinity.

        • Geko

          [Citations needed]

          • pococonuts

            from wikipedia.org:

            “Although most scholars involved with historical Jesus research believe his existence can be established using documentary and other evidence,[49][50][51][52][53] a few scholars have questioned the existence of Jesus as an actual historical figure. Among the proponents of non-historicity was Bruno Bauer in the 19th century. Non-historicity was somewhat influential in biblical studies during the early 20th century. The views of scholars who entirely rejected Jesus’ historicity then were based on a suggested lack of eyewitnesses, a lack of direct archaeological evidence, the failure of certain ancient works to mention Jesus, and similarities early Christianity shared with then-contemporary religion and mythology”

    • Athena

      amen.

  • I AM MAD!!!!!

    I am very mad about the ordering of this list. I can’t help but think that the only reason Jesus was put as number one was because you wrote this list from a Christian point of view, or at least place him there out of it. I would have put Siddhartha at number one, then Confucius, and then Jesus. That order can be debated, but I am seriously upset about the reason Jesus is probably placed at number one.

    • Somalion

      I actually agree completely about Siddharta being number 1 because in my opinion he was.

      • Somalion

        Gosh darn auto correct *Siddhartha

      • rallierf1

        actually no scientific historical reference is ever found for his existance. The world at that time had historians and no one ever mentions him. there is only one record by a discredited historian.

    • Dave

      I don’t think a Christian would refer to Jesus as a “philosopher.”

  • kame

    Muhammad(pbuh) is easily no 1 , not just for me but for more then 1.5 billion residents of this world.

    • gertrude

      How old was his wife Ayesha again?

      • Megacrust

        Well, the marriage of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was according to the accepted norms then. Times are different and that period was different. What is frowned upon now was perfectly acceptable in society then. If his, as you suggest, paedophilic intentions had been there, this fact would have been used a lot by his detractors then. But it was never raised, why?
        Anyways, to each his own opinion. May God bless us all. :-)
        (I am not a total religious nut, as you might be thinking… :D )

        • Geronimo1618

          I am Geronimo1618 and not Megacrust…my stupid brother x-(

      • Tom Brady of the New England Patriots

        She was 9, although he did not have sex with her for several years until she was mature… now thighing on the other hand………

      • Waleed

        She was 12 at the time of marriage. He married her before the migration to Madinah. Their marriage was not consumated until several year later.

    • God

      Shut up, you muslim!!! Mohammad lead so many wars, especially against jews and he was responsible for massacre of Jews in Madina.

      • Geronimo1618

        Hahahahahaha

      • CowTipper4

        isn’t it blasphemous to call yourself God? even if you’re not religious, isn’t it kind of haughty?

        • circlefan

          chill…its actually an anagram ;)

      • Know the Truth

        Muhammad didn’t massacre the Jews in Medina. I am Jewish so I should know. In fact he settled a large dispute between two powerful Jewish groups. Now about the wars, the first war with the Makkans were only self-defense. They were attacking him and his followers in Medina. Ask yourself this question, if somebody was trying to kill you and you had a loaded gun in your hand, what would you do? The other wars were not started by him, but merely his followers. Just because he was alive at the time and people saw him as their leader does not make him responsible. If there was a terrorist group in The United Kingdom that attacked America, would you blame the UK leaders for the attack? Well, that’s how you’re acting right now.

    • flgh

      A warrior who spread Islam by the sword, peaceful?

      • Geronimo1618

        I suggest read his biography to get a clear picture. Just for info…

      • Know the Truth

        Islam wasn’t spread by the sword. The Muslim caliphates allowed conquered peoples to keep their own religions. The reason many conquered people became Muslims was because they didn’t want to pay extra taxes, but it wasn’t because they were forced too. I’m not being biased as I am not even a Muslim, nor am I an Arab or Persian.

        • Trey

          Please don’t lie. Most people know that Islam was spread through the sword. It killed millions of Hindus and Christians. The Quran even talks about the slaughter of innocent jews.

          • Well wisher

            Please provide reference to the verse.

      • Armaan

        Dear Brother,

        If Islam would have been spread by the sword, today Muslims would not have been facing these situations at all. If we were powerful enpugh to spread Islam by the sword today all world should have been muslim then. We only protect our religion and our beliefs, and on other hand we respect every one else’s relegion and beliefs as wll. Dont assume Islam as bad religion only because of few insane people who did wrong things that were neither taught by Muhammad(Peace be upon him) nor by ALLAH. I think you need to learn the Islamic teachings first before blaming blindly. I call you all my brothers and sisters reading this comment to learn Islam and accept if agreed.

        Thank you.

        • Canuovea

          Islam was spread by the sword. See Spain. And who did Charles Martel fight? Muslims, who would have imported their religion.

          That isn’t to say Christianity wasn’t spread by the sword though.

          Atheism was also spread by the, metaphorical, sword too; under certain Communist nations. But atheism isn’t really an organized religion like the others so maybe it deserves a bit of a pass.

          But… Mohammad did fight in wars, and did spread his religion with the sword. You can argue it was justified, but you cannot deny it.

          • Waleed

            All the wars that Muhammad (PBUH) fought were wars of self defense! You should really read his biographies. The first war, the battle of Badr was against the Meccans that had opressed Muhammad (PBUH) and the converted Muslims for 13 years. Abu Sufyan, a rich member of the Quraish was returning with a trade caravan and feared the Muslims of Madinah would ambush him. He called for help and even though his caravan arrived in Mecca safely, Abu Jahl, another leader of the Quraish decided to proceed to Madinah. They were defeated and of the 70 captured. Not ONE was killed. Those that could pay, payed and were freed. Those that could read and write had to teach 10 muslim children how to read and write and those that could not do either were set free. It’s not fair that you make statements like these without knowing anything about Muhammad (PBUH) please try to open upo your mind a little.

          • The Ashok

            @Waleed: So the bottom line is he did fight wars (whatever the reason) so he cannot be called as peaceful. He was just a warrior. Also, Islam “did” spread by the sword (whether or not Mohd lead those wars). Take India for example. Over 80 million Hindus, Jains and Buddhists were killed during the Islamic regime. What about taxes levied on non-muslims in a country that was invaded by Muslims?

            The irony of Islam is that charging interest on loans is taboo (haram) but taxing a person based on religion is acceptable. :)

          • Canuovea

            Waleed,

            Yes, I know Muhammad fought wars in self defense. They were still religious holy wars. War, by definition, is not peaceful. Muhammad, who lead wars, was not peaceful, regardless of how justified the wars were. If this was a list of great people, then yes, I would understand complaining about Muhammad not being on it. But, this is about peaceful people.

            On Islam being spread by the sword… it has been in the past, that doesn’t mean it requires the sword to be spread.

            Waleed, furthermore, you cannot assume someone that disagrees with you has a closed mind. I was aware Muhammad fought mostly in self defense, but my point still stands. He fought, period. There may be a few people here that did so as well, but that is more a problem with the list than anything else. Franklin supported the American Revolution, Socy almost certainly fought in the war with Sparta. Lots has already been said about Mandela.

            Thank you Ashtok, for the support and the information about India. And I too find the taxes ironic, but it was better than the alternative. In fact, from a Jewish perspective, there was a large segment of time where it was far better to be in Muslim lands than Christian, despite the Jizzya (or something like that, the Poll Tax).

        • Zensless

          Thanks for clearing that up. What’s the penalty for apostasy again?

    • Somalion

      Didn’t he lead several vicious wars? Maybe our definitions of peaceful are different…

      • Waleed

        Here’s some of the wars during his life time:
        1) The Sacriligeous wars. When he was 12. In Mecca, during the months that fighting was forbidden. He did not take active part. He just retrieved the arrows that were shot by the enemy.
        2) Battle Of Badr (Battle of the town of Badr) In Madinah. Solely as self defense. The Quraish(enemies of Islam, Unbeleivers) approached Madinah. The Madinite army consisted of 313 men, with two horses and some 30 camels with not many swords and armor. The Quraish were defeated.
        3) Battle of Uhad (Battle of Mount of Uhad) In Madinah, when the Quraish wanted revenge for the loss at Badr. The Muslims at first gained the upper hand, but then some archers abandoned their posts and the muslims were defeated. Talking about vicious, Hinda the daughter of a man killed in the Battle of Badr, mutilated the body of Hazrat Hamza (the man who had killed her father in the Battle of Badr) and chewed on his liver.
        4) The Battle of Trench: As the name implies it involved a Trench. When the Propher (PBUH) came to know that the Quraish were advancing with an army of 3000, he held a council and Hazrat Sulaiman advised they dig a Trench aroound Madinah. The Prophet (PBUH) himself took part in the digging of the Trench. For several weeks the Quraish camped near the Trench and eventually the were forced to leave as the storms began to blow. No blood shed!
        In all the latter wars, like the battle of Hunain and the Tabuk Expedition, he never wanted blood shed. They were wars of defense.
        When Muhammad (PBUH) entered Mecca at the Conquest of Mecca, he proclaimed a general pardon for all. Even his and Islams worst enemies.
        All those that had tortured and persecuted him and his followers were pardoned. You should really know your facts b4 u make statements like that.

    • decaf

      i agree Muhammad should have been on this list as well, but that would have caused even more of a flame war

      • Canuovea

        “Peaceful” not “great” men. Fighting, even in self defense, is not peaceful. Then again, there were plenty of flaws in the list anyway.

  • venusbloo

    Mandela peaceful??? He was the leader of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe and is a convicted terrorist.

    • engelbrecht2

      Nelson Mandela never renounced the armed struggle against his former oppressors. There is a fine video on Youtube illustrating this fact, “Nelson Mandela sings about killing whites”. You may not understand the language they use but that’s what it is all about. South Africa has become a crime hole after 1990… a nice legacy of the few governments they could assemble until now. They hate caucasian people with a passion. We have a similar situation in Europe now,thank the Almighty, whites are waking up there now. Germany has declared that integration with other races has been a failure. So for those who like to embrace lies and deceit and call Mandela a disciple of peace…your problem.

      • Miss V

        You are both as ignorant as your grannys ASS… You would have to live in South Africa, to give a fair oppinion on the Matter, And I bet neither of you do…. But I do, So suck it… Nelson Mandela was a great man that braught freedom to his people. White people took over his country and he stood up for what he believed in, and for the freedom of millions of oppressed and segregated people. Is That not a great man?? He braught democracy to a country that was over run by Racism… Is that not a great man?He proposed equal rites in a place where white people had completely taken over, and equal rites is what he acchieved…. Does that make him a bad person?? As a White South African Woman, I can proudly say that he freed a nation. and regardless of the mess that the government is in now (which has nothing to do with him) He saved thousends and rightfully deserve a spot on this list

        • venusbloo

          The list is called “10 peaceful men” not 10 men that did good stuff”, he was not peaceful so can’t have a spot on this list. You my dear, should read a bit more instead of jumping in head 1st and making YOURSELF look like an ass.

        • Ugh!

          Oh to be bold enough to call some ignorant, yet be completely ignorant of basic grammar, capitalization and punctuation rules.

  • k.

    The hell? I’m sick and thired of this christianity bullcrap polluting this site. Original poster is just another christofascist. No offence.

    • CrashNZ

      None taken. Jesus said to forgive. We’re slowly getting better at it.

      • The Cat

        I suspect sometimes the lists on Listverse are nothing more than propaganda to promote JFraters agenda.

        • Lifeschool

          @ The Cat – Everything doesn’t always boil down to Jamie. He’s ill at the moment, and hasn’t been directly involved in making lists since the Korean Cooking lists a few weeks back. He’s the creator of the site but these lists are all written by us guys – the readers – with all OUR biases.

          • The Cat

            Do you not think he has the last say on the list? Or does he just publish everything without so much as a look at it.

          • Lifeschool

            @ The Cat (below) – He’s ILL! The only thing he has a ‘say’ about right now is how he likes his eggs in the morning.

          • Suryaa

            Too many Korean recipes got JFrater ill I suppose.

        • Also, if he changes anything, he makes it very clear where what he has written begins and ends.

        • This is untrue – all entries on this list were submitted to me – I made no textual changes but I did rearrange some of the items – for example I put Baha-ullah in position 10 instead of position 2 (because his impact is not very widespread) and I switched items 1 and 3 for similar reasons. So the original 3 was Jesus, 2 was Baha-ullah, and 1 was Buddha.

          • Ni99a

            See???!!! He has and always been changing the list order all this time to suit our thinking to his!!!! He is nothing but a North Korean loudspeaker.

          • Canuovea

            Jamie, I am surprised you edited this as much as you did, and I would suggest next time you add something to the introduction to say that you did so.

            I also have a problem with you arranging them according to their impact. The introduction makes no mention of impact being an important part of the ordering of the entries. It simply says that some were very famous, not that it mattered for the listing. The measure was supposed to be how peaceful they were.

            There is also the matter of bias. It is very possible that Buddha should have been put in the first spot. I mean, Jesus did get angry and toss the moneychangers out of the temple that one time. Second, Buddha has effected probably about the same number of people, or close to, as Jesus. But that is not, again, the point of the list as I can tell from the introduction.

            So. My main suggestion is that you post some kind of edit in the introduction saying that you have rearranged the order on the list, why you did so, and what the original was. You will not escape charges of bias this way, as you shouldn’t because that was biased, but you will escape charges of attempting to deliberately mislead people, which I don’t think you were doing.

            Is it fair that John Waller gets attacked for putting Jesus first on the list when he was not the one to do so? I do not think so. After all, not everyone reads the comments as thoroughly as others.

          • The Cat

            It is clear to me Jamie that you changed the lise to fit YOUR agenda.

            Buddha should have certainly stayed as Number 1.

            For such reasons –

            The people of Kalama asked the Buddha who to believe out of all the ascetics, sages, venerables, and holy ones who, like himself, passed through their town. They complained that they were confused by the many contradictions they discovered in what they heard. The Kalama Sutta is the Buddha’s reply.

            – Do not believe anything on mere hearsay.

            – Do not believe in traditions merely because they are old and have been handed down for many generations and in many places.

            – Do not believe anything on account of rumors or because people talk a a great deal about it.

            – Do not believe anything because you are shown the written testimony of some ancient sage.

            – Do not believe in what you have fancied, thinking that, because it is extraordinary, it must have been inspired by a god or other wonderful being.

            – Do not believe anything merely because presumption is in its favor, or because the custom of many years inclines you to take it as true.

            – Do not believe anything merely on the authority of your teachers and priests.

            – But, whatever, after thorough investigation and reflection, you find to agree with reason and experience, as conducive to the good and benefit of one and all and of the world at large, accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it.

            The same text, said the Buddha, must be applied to his own teachings.

          • Canuovea

            The Cat. While that is admirable, and intelligent, of the Buddha, that doesn’t make him more peaceful than Jesus. My goodness, that would be a crazy discussion, wouldn’t it?

            Who was more peaceful, Buddha or Jesus?

            Or, even better, “Who was better, Buddha or Jesus?” That would send sparks flying for miles around!

          • Piper

            BTW, Jesus was not charged with any crime.
            Matthew 27:20-25
            20: but the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death.
            21: but the governor (Pilate) said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”
            22: Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?” They all said, “Crucify Him!”
            23: And he said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they kept shouting all the more saying, “Crucify Him!”
            24: When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to that yourselves.”
            25: And all the people said, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!”

            And Luke 23:13-16
            13: Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
            14: and said, “You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him.
            15: “No, nor has Herod, for he has sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him.”
            16: “Therefore, I will punish Him and release Him.”

    • guest

      As a “Christofacist” I’ll be praying for you.

      • fudrick

        As an atheist, have fun wasting your life

        • bwa

          as an apatheist, have fun wasting yours

          • crazygeek

            as a russian, sup?

    • decaf

      he also said to turn the other cheek, so please insult our religion a little more. i would love to have a friendly debate with you about our beliefs

      • Canuovea

        I’m up for a friendly debate. I almost always am.

        What is the point you wish to make?

        • Jonh Adam

          The dog. Listen to me ‘i am your god’ also i am the god of jesus (god of your god) Will you believe?
          ‘No’, dog said, but why you believe jesus (you hear me but not jesus) ? Because…. because what? you see other people believe? Yes, and by my feeling? (stupid)
          That’s why i say jesus never make dog clever. it can only make dogs believe and believe without any reason at all.

  • alex

    good post…but the matthew 10:34 is not refeared fo us to use “a sword” because you need to read the the chapter to understand the metaphor

    • fudrick

      Everything bad in the bible is alwaaaaaays out of context and/or a metaphor. When will you guys realize that it’s really just a terrible book, instead of trying to rationalize the thousands of horrible things it says?

      • guest

        It’s amazing how a list about peaceful men can spark so much debate and hatred. Lets all practice a little peace right now, no matter our beliefs. I mean… we’re actually angry that some one else’s religious figure is the most peaceful? That’s just… backwards.

      • Dawnchaser

        Do you know anything about literature? Did you take any English classes in school? Was everything written in all the great works throughout time meant as a straight forward comment? What you have to understand about the Bible before you start criticizing it is that is was written over a long period of time (especially the Old Testament) and that some of it was intended to be metaphorical. Such as the Psalms. It’s poetry. It was written to be poetry in the original Hebrew. Jesus preached in parables often so that people could better understand him. Sometimes it’s easier to reach an audience if you put it in a situation that they will understand. Even authors today do this. So don’t just point at some random verse, without reading those around it, and say “LOOK IT’S BAD.” That does nothing but show ignorance.

        • fudrick

          “Do you know anything about literature? Did you take any English classes in school? Was everything written in all the great works throughout time meant as a straight forward comment?”

          None of those works are the basis of the largest group in the world and the moral guide for 1/3 of the people on earth. Those are works of literature, not religious texts claiming to hold the absolute historical and moral truth.

    • Piper

      Matthew 10:34-where Jesus says He came not to bring peace but a sword, He means AGAINST Christians. He is talking about the sufferings that Christians will have to bear because of Him, about how united everyone will be against them. He goes on to talk about men being denied by his fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers, but that they must stay strong and remain faithful.

      • qwerty

        christians bear???????

        lots of them went around murdering people as i recall at a long period of time in our history

  • Mayur

    Does Gandhiji not deserve the 1st position??

    • Gandhi

      No!

    • Surya

      Gandhi was peaceful, no doubt. Even those naked girls who slept with Gandhi were peaceful too.

    • chris

      definitely no!

  • Val

    Jesus did not “found” the Christian religion. He was a Jew, born, raised, died, and rose a Jew. If he came back today he would still be a Jew. The Christian religion is based on His teachings but mostly on the writings of St Paul. People are more familiar with the Letters from Paul, believing them to be the words of Christ, than
    with the Gospels. The religion was firm years after Jesus’s death by people who weren’t even alive when he was.

    • Know the Truth

      You’re right, if Jesus came back to life nowadays and lived how he lived back then, people would be so confused as to why he isn’t really practicing the bulk of the religion based off of him. He would live more like a Jew than a Christian, and would probably be a more observant Jew than many Jews in the world today.

    • ejv

      Well said.Jesus tried to reform the Jews.He wouldn’t have even heard of the terms christ or christians during his life. His other names were Immanuel or Nazarene.Paul was a persecutor of followers of Jesus and then changed sides after an apparition. He wrote majority of the New Testament and was at loggerheads with Apostle James, who was spearheading the orthodox “christian” movement in Antioch and middle east. Paul made his christianity more acceptable by downsizing many orthodox rules–no need of circumcision, sabbath shifted to sunday etc

  • Rossco

    Gandhi was a racist and slept with girls. Hardly peaceful.

    • Lifeschool

      Michael Jackson was so racist he coloured himself white!, and he slept around too- but who says he wasn’t peaceful? He was VERYpeaceful. Being peaceful doesn’t have anything to do with colour, creed, religion or sexual preference.

      • fudrick

        I think the point is that raping children isn’t very peaceful

      • Canadianguy

        Peaceful or sedate(d)? ;)

  • noname

    cmon man gandhi should not be on list.. He was a pedo and it is also written in a list on this site.. He had power in his hands..he let the british rule india…real people who fought fo independence for eg bhagat singh who killed british officers was sentenced to death because of him..
    Dumb ppl still think india got independence with stupid and peaceful andolans like “satyagrah” lol why would they leave..we DID NOT GET INDEPENDENCE BY BEGGING AND PROTESTING PEACEFULLY ..they left because of ppl like bhagat singh,rajguru,sukhdev,subash chandra bose,lajpat rai
    and many more..and natthu ram godse who killed gandhi was once a colse follower of gandhi but then he came to knew about his real acts…
    Gandhi used to sleep with young girls..
    I have read many books about gandhi and he was not a good person..he studied in london ..he was used by british govt to keep indian ppl quiet..
    He should not be on the list..

    • The Ashok

      Gandhi was neither good nor bad. He was a diplomat and a great politician (though he never entered politics). We got independence because of many reasons and many sacrifices. I would say even World War II was also one of the reasons why we got independence. Gandhi just delayed our independence. Bhagad Singh, Raj Guru et al were also once the followers of Gandhi. One small incidence now known as Chowri Chowra ruined everything and delayed our independence by at least 20 years

      • Aryan

        Our independence was delayed not because of some small incident, but because we were pu$$ies. We weren’t evil enough to decimate our enemies. We still have that a$$ kissing mentality.

    • LadyShamisen

      You do realise that studying in London doesn’t make someone “not peaceful” by default, right? Only I ask because you seem to list this as a sort of “cause and effect” thing.

  • Gertrude

    The list started off OK, but just became a list of famous religious leaders (that the author liked), which ruined things.

  • Matt

    The most peaceful men on earth are probably a bunch of average Joes who’ve never hurt a fly and have brushed aside any insult / injustice with a smile. You won’t find people such as that on a list such as this, since they tend not to stand out. Unfortunately for us, unremarkableness isn’t high on anyone’s list.

    • Arsnl

      Well in that case a baby is the most peaceful man out there. It is difficult to control one’s impulses but i think it far more difficult to convince others to be peaceful. And arguably some on this list managed that.

      • Lifeschool

        Baby’s are only peaceful half of the time.

        • Man

          Babies are not MEN

          • Woyzeck

            MINE ARE

    • The Ashok

      Bummer that Listverse don’t have a “like” button otherwise I would have given a 1000 likes. Exactly there are many average Joes who get kicked all the time only to return a simple smile :)

    • Manchez

      THAT is worth quoting!!!! Matt that is an awesomely worded observation and so true! THANK YOU!!!!

    • Canuovea

      Very well said.

  • Will Trame

    Nice to see a positive list. I’m sure some of those listed will cause some controversy but what the hell.

    You made a damn good point, Matt.

  • spazmo

    what about the great people who were not worshipped by millions of blind- sighted people, who only hear and see the good they want

  • mehmeh

    Sorry to say, but I gradually disliked the list while going through the entries. Especially no 1 made me just go “what the hell is going on here”. If you make a list about people, go ahead, but don’t confuse it with a list about religious leaders that had nothing to do with being peaceful. Religion has always been the grandest business on earth, so really now, either you are naive or just ignorant.
    All in all, this list brought nothing new to Listverse, nothing new to my coffee time.
    I find it difficult to understand how come it took the author a long time to find all these people, considering that they are really famous. However it wasn’t their inner peace that made them famous. But ignorance is bliss, so it’s easier to skip the alarming issues and pick the good stuff only.

    I still strongly dissagree with no 1.

    • decaf84

      why? because he is a religious figure? if he wasn’t a religious figure it would be fine. he was a peaceful man. the problem with all of the atheists on this site is that regardless of the facts, once religion is mentioned you go berserk and start ranting about how religion is evil and that everything about religion is bad. i try to respect atheists, but it is so hard when people like you make comments totally disrespected peoples beliefs and ways of life

  • gabryel

    i know there are alot of atheist on this site . including me
    but come on .they said jesus never sinned and thats what you call peaceful and a loving man , he deserved to be the number 1 spot . who helse might be it ?
    please respect other religions , especially christianity and islam . on all atheist websites , i’ve seen disrespectul images of jesus , mohammed . god or allah.
    but i really feel sorry for jesus . all atheist mocks him but not me
    cause im a thinking man , dont call yourself thinking man without looking at you personality and attitude towards others

    • osmkk

      lot of ppl who say they’re atheists are just a bunch of idiots. They mock and spit at religion and gods. If u don’t believe in it, thats it. Whats the difference between us (i’m an atheist too ) and them if we do that..
      i liked a few entries, from the top, but was disappointed overall. Gandhi, ben franklin don’t deserve to be here.. Anyway, we’re all fighting over a list of peaceful figures.. Ironical!

    • warren

      yeah. Mother teresa would’ve been a nice choice.. I still don’t fathom why jesus, franklin and gandhi.. Anyway, nice attempt.

      • Jesus

        You’re as retarded as the previous two pseudo chistofascist atheists posters. This is a list of top 10 peaceful MEN.

      • Jesus

        You’re as retarded as the previous two chistofascist pseudo atheists posters. This is a list of top 10 peaceful MEN.

      • Canadianguy

        Besides, even if it was to include women:

        http://www.slate.com/id/2090083/

    • warren

      We can’t really know who’s peaceful eh? This s not a perfect list, but okay, nice try.. Ppl, even obama was given peace award. Compared to that, this is nothing.. :)

    • fudrick

      Why should we respect religions that want us to be tortured for eternity after we die? Fuck ’em.

    • decaf84

      i am incredibly thankful for people like you. it is so refreshing to see an atheist who respects peoples beliefs and doesnt stomp all over it. thank you for being intelligent

  • Canuovea

    Interesting. Very interesting.

    Depends on the definition of peaceful I suppose. Did not engage in physical violence to obtain their ends? That leaves Mohammad out, yes. Benjamin Franklin? He supported the war of independence I believe… Hmm. Jesus? Depends on which Jesus we are talking about. The one in Revelation that condemns people to a kind of torture? Not so much. The, probable, historical one who rejected violence as a means to an end? Definitely. Confucius? He preferred Wen to Wu, as it were, but… Wu was an option, particularly in terms of the mandate of heaven. If the Emperor loses it… then he can be forcibly removed. Confucianism (maybe not the man himself, but I believe so) did advocate a kind of violent form of regime change. Buddha? I’m not sure. Ghandi? I’ve heard things about him, but can’t quite confirm them. Same with Mandela and some of the others. Rumours will be rumours, yes?

    All very interesting. And this definition of peaceful does not mean they weren’t adulterers or pedophiles. They just weren’t physically violent.

    I must say that peaceful does not equate good. One can be evil and peaceful (though it isn’t exactly easy), but that is entirely ethically subjective. Rarely can one be considered evil because one is peaceful though. Ergh, it is late and I am rambling.

    My point is that being peaceful is not some kind of universal measuring stick for goodness. Neville Chamberlain was peaceful (after a fashion), but also an idiot whose deficiency of intellect did more harm then good! (Okay, I may be being harsh). He also selfishly put his own, and Britain’s, interests (as he saw them) above those of an entire nation (but that isn’t so much bad as expected). Mohammad, for instance, was certainly not peaceful (he killed people and had people killed), but was he ‘good?’ Yes, some would say no, but plenty would disagree.

    It then comes down to what ‘good’ means, and oh boy, good luck defining that to the satisfaction of everyone!

  • suman

    BUDHHA was born in NEPAL.u needn’t hide this FACT.

    • Indian

      Shut up ghorka!

    • Buddha

      Siddhartha Gautama was born in Nepal, when he reached enlightenment a Buddha was born and it happened in India and not in redneck Nepal.

      • suman

        I don’t think ur twisted logic can change the fact that BUDHHA was born in NEPAL.make peace with that .

    • The Ashok

      I love Nepal. Donno why these pseudo Indians put hate comments here! Gorkhas are like Samurais.

    • JC

      Nepal was part of India. So, technically, he was born in India.

  • i was expecting more from this list, but the no.1 disappointed me. :( if taken from religious point, there are lods of other people who deserve a spot in this list.

    • Canuovea

      The problem with religious figures is that they are often done up to be all good in some respect or another, which makes telling the fact from fiction rather difficult. Still, I think the list was fair, to a degree anyway.

  • DannyDirt

    I do have a problem with Jesus being there as no-one can know what he was like. as is with the case of anyone who existed that long ago. Also texts such as the bible has been translated, then re translated, translated agin and so on so some of the origonal meaning will have been lost and the people who were in charge of putting out the message and when available printing it were some of the most corrupt bigoted and hatefull people of the time.
    For me instead of Jesus how about Mother Teresa who did alot to help the poor yes a religious idol but also some could say one of the most peacful people around as some sources claim that when beibg around her there was a feeling of constant peace and calm.

    • Lane

      Yes, the Bible has been translated, and some of the original nuances of meaning have been lost. That doesn’t mean the entire character of Jesus has been flipped upside down from how it was originally portrayed. Considering we have access to numerous, very ancient manuscripts and many Greek scholars, you’d be hard pressed to really prove that mistranslation has warped Jesus into a completely new figure.

  • Geronimo1618

    One can’t read the comments section nowadays without having to read about Jesus-bashing or dragging in the name of Prophet Muhammad to start another round of mudslinging. Yaawn.
    Btw, when is Transformers 3 releasing?

    • Arsnl

      Transformers 3? NOOOOOO. You ruined my week end dear sir. Im speachless. Why? Do we deserve this punishment?
      T2 is the most annoying film i can think of. Even Indiana Jones’ last movie doesnt top it.
      Shia laboeuf and megan fox just dont click. They dont fit together. Unless they’re in a quirky inspirational comedy. If you’re yourself you will always get that one hot chick that is totally out of your league (showing once more that even ugly and weird dudes are shallow too).

      I just dont get how can someone make a god awfull movie, with robots.

      • Geronimo1618

        Oh, you can relax. There is no Megan Fox in this one :D And T2 was pretty awful, agreed. But this one..shockwave seems like such a cool antagonist, no? The trailers are also awesome…but then..trailers are always awesome.
        Lets hope this one will be great..or we can always feel relieved that this will be the end of the Transformers saga ehehehehe.

        • Arsnl

          Frankly i would have liked laboeuf to drop out and not megan fox. Finally shockwave in bigger role.
          I still believe they’re going to blow it (even intentionally) so they can do a gritty reboot. :)
          And trailers arent always awesome. Check out happy feet. I saw the trailer and it was so boring. Yet the movie was pretty good. Who would’ve thought a movie about dancing penguins is better than one about huge transforming robots.

  • Sam

    Err… Mandela was in jail for armed bank robbery. PEACEFUL?!?!?!?!

    • Babgess

      Peaceful- he signed off the Church street bombing which killed innocent civilians. Under his presidency 20 000 people died per year- more than all the people that were killed during the apartheid era. He was originally arrested for sabotage and locked up.

  • jackbel

    wait, wait, Mandela was send to prison because be was part of a terrorist group and partook in their activities. I understand that he was a motivational figure, but peaceful?

    • “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” , I am South African, i find him to be a very peaceful person, if he wasn’t, he would have put up laws to have what was done to the oppressed be done to the oppressors

  • HJRO

    Just to point out, towards the end of MLK life he wasn’t always as peaceful, he became more of an advocate of getting the message across by any means, whereas Malcolm X did the opposite and wanted all to participate in peaceful protest instead of violent means he did before.

  • omg lemonade

    number 1 annoyed me

  • barrycostello1

    Very controversial list! One could argue that just about everyone on the list was violent, adulterous, a pedophile or prejudiced.
    While the idea of the list is interesting, it seems like ‘Top 10 seemingly peaceful but actually fairly violent men’ would have been a more fitting title.
    Regardless of the fact that I feel religious figures shouldn’t have a place on the list, Jesus definitely shouldn’t be number 1. He was incredibly violent, and lets not forget that he’s supposedly God’s reincarnated on earth. One word that doesn’t describe god well is peaceful!

  • Tony remo

    Forget the part bout benjamin franklin having 2 body guards now the secret service with him alot. But not to protect him but to keep his mouth shut. He would get so drunk n pubs he would blab stuff bout the government. Usually secret stuff. Loved his beer

  • The Cat

    Sometimes the lists on Listverse are nothing more than propaganda to promote JFraters agenda.

    • Lifeschool

      Sometimes the comments on Listverse are nothing more than propaganda to promote The Cats agenda.

      • Ni99a

        Sometimes the comments reply on Listverse are nothing more than propaganda to promote Lifeschool’s agenda.

      • The Cat

        @Lifeschool – JFrater has come out and said he rearranged this list (as I suspected) according to HIS preference. He is well known to be a ‘believer’ so is it any wonder JC got top spot? As I said previously JFrater uses this website to promote his agenda.

        • LadyShamisen

          Well, it’s his site so I guess if you don’t like it you can leave.

  • Notsurewhethertolaughorcry

    Wow, the least accurate list on Listverse. No need to argue how bad this is.

  • Justpassingby

    Interesting list! Though many of the people here are not those who immediately spring into my mind when I think of peace. Confucius and Socrates for example were more philosophers who are more known for their revolutionary ideas than peace activism. In fact Socrates served as a soldier during the Peloponnesian War and Confucius served as a military commander in a Chinese State during his self-imposed exile from Lu. And as previously mentioned, Ben Franklin was in favour of the War of Independence. The others all seem deserving of a spot here. Well written list and I enjoyed it immensely!

  • oouchan

    Well…Good depends on which side you are one. Therefore, many of these men shouldn’t be on this list. One needs to be good for everyone, not just for their own cause. As for number one….list fails.

    Will wait for tomorrow’s list.

  • some guy

    Nelson Mandela was the head of Spear of the Nation, which was the violent resistance division of the ANC. He was actually offered freedom from his decades-long imprisonment at Robbin Island by the South African government in 1985 in exchange for his condemnation of violence as a method of social change. He refused.

  • Name

    Even if Waldo was #1, it wouldn’t have amazed me as much as it did with jesus.

    • Lifeschool

      Funny that, because before your generation – and for the past 2000 years – there would have been a public out cry if Jesus had NOT been placed at no.1 – go figure. At least it didn’t say The Pope. :D

      • athena

        why not the pope?

  • Lifeschool

    Well written list with plenty of historical references and general information. I can certainly see why the author chose these items among so many likely candidates. Comments not so interesting today (so far).

  • Jay

    This list is rubbish. Captain Planet deserves the #1 spot more than ‘jesus’.

  • God

    The only person deserves to be #1 on the list is Siddhartha Gautama.

    “His impact is far more reaching than any of the other members of this list – with more adherents in the world, by a mile, than any other religious group.”

    Don’t forget the crusades by Christians on the name of Jesus Christ.

    • Ummmno.

      Just because the crusades were in the name of Jesus Christ (which they weren’t, they were in the name of God), it still wouldn’t mean that Jesus was violent.

  • Geronimo1618

    There have been many peaceful (important and influential also) men in history. To say that these are the “top 10” ever may be a bit too ignorant e.g. ever heard of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru?
    I am also very peaceful, by the way.

  • swejetah

    this list is lame..sorry man.

  • kennypo65

    I’m always more peaceful and tolerant when I’m getting it on a regular basis.

    • venusbloo

      I’m always more peaceful when eating KFC.

  • drshady

    GOD….of all great men in human history…you picked some of the most controversial people…

    i’m sorry to say this list is total failure and i’m not even going to bother discussing every entry on this list.. “aside from Jesus of course who is truely a special entry”.

  • Armadillotron

    Jesus wasn`t a Jew. He was the Pre-Hitler. He was a warmonger, saw himself as a dictator, had slaves, had books burnt and killed anyone who disagreed with him.. Yeah Jesus was a lovely guy. Also, the Bible n 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15, it says, “The Jews killed the lord jesus and all the Prophets. They are displeasing to God, and hostile to all men. ” and in 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15, “they thought they were superior to God. But the wrath of the Lord has come upon them at last.” And God comes across as a cross between Nero and Genghis Khan. Think the crazy Zionists in “Israel,” who say “God gave us Palestine,” have read this yet?

    • Arsnl

      “He was the Pre-Hitler”. Now thats just silly. Its like calling Caesar the napoleon of antiquity. History tends to have an arrow of time.

      • Armadillotron

        Then how do explain the things he did? He seems like Hitler to me. And Hitler said he based himself on Jesus. He was crazy. Out of Muhammad, who was the Saddam Hussein before Saddam Hussein and Jesus, who`s the most violent? The bible is full of sick shit anyway.

        • Piper

          AND. . . Im not at all surprised that Hitler compared himself to Jesus, (if he really did, which I doubt, because Hitler wasnt exactly religious, but im not 100% on that, so I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.) That just proves how psycho Hitler was. I just dont see how Jesus is responsible for that.

        • armadillotroll

          oh, armadillotron, you have not changed, you butthurt evangelical atheist, you. you comparing jesus to hitler seems to be full of sh** to begin with.

    • Piper

      Dude, you have no idea what you are talking about. I suggest you actually read the stories that go along with those quotes. You gave no context at all. They are misleading soundbytes. Im sorry you seem to have a personal vendetta against Jesus, but you’re argument is just bitter and irrational, and obviously uneducated. You shouldnt hate something without understanding it. It sounds to me like you havent bothered to find out anything on your own.aybe youve just fallen in with the hip athiest crowd, but you should do your own talking from now on, ok pumpkin?

    • Piper

      AND. . . 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15 that is PAUL talking to the Thessalonians. Not Jesus. The Thessalonians are being persecuted by everyone, especially the Jews, for following Jesus. Im no anti-semite. Jesus was a Jew, and surrounded himself with Jews, but a particular group did have Jesus executed, for no good reason really. If He was “burning books” and “killing people who disagreed with him” if he was a “warmonger” who set himself up as “dictator” I think they would have mentioned those things at His trial.
      You obviously dont know what youre talking about, especially since you’ve gotten your verses mixed up, as that second quote of yours is completely wrong. Its pretty evident to everyone that you haven’t bothered to do your own research and probably just got these quotes of Your Friend The Athiest’s blog (who probably got them off someone else’s.)
      Its pretty bad manners to just denounce as lies someone’s whole way of life, especially when that way of life does nothing to injure you. But it’s REALLY bad form to denounce those “lies” with lies of your own.

  • Lucy

    God, I’m so sick of hearing about some loon that died 2000 years ago. But, if you’re gonna put Jesus, shouldn’t you put Muhammed? There are almost as many Muslims as Christians in the world and it’s definitely the second most-followed religion. I don’t know much about him but he must’ve been an okay guy.

    • fudrick

      He had sex with a nine year old girl, not such a great guy in my book.

      • lalalalala

        Pedophile: psychosexual disorder in which an adult’s arousal and sexual gratification occur primarily through sexual contact with prepubescent children.

        The girl he married was Ayesha, and she was no longer prepubescent when he married her, therefore he was not a pedophile.
        It’s mainly in western culture where anyone older than 18 having a relationship with anyone younger than 18 is considered pedophilia. In other cultures, you’re only considered a pedophile if you’re of pubescent age and you have relations with someone of prepubescent age, which in his case is not true.

        • fudrick

          Since when is nine not prepubescent? In the vast majority of cases, nine year olds are prepubescent.

          • lalalalala

            I agree, in alot of cases a 9 year old would be prepubescent. However, she was not when he married her. And not just her, there are documented cases of girls 10 and under getting pregnant. I believe even on listverse there was an example of a 6 year old girl that got pregnant. You just have to realize that it’s not an impossibility.

      • Athena

        that was the norm at the time, he wasn’t a pedophile, she was considered a woman.

    • Aaron

      Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Muhammad asked his followers to kill the non-believers.

      As to the thief, Male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is Exalted in power. ( Qur’an 005.038 )

      He asked to do stoning ‘Omar added, “Surely Allah’s Apostle carried out the penalty of Ra-jam ( stoning ), and so did we after him.” ( Qur’an Volume 8, Book 82, Number 816 )

      Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them…..’ I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'” ( Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57 )

      There are many more evidence that Islam spread violence messages.

      • alamin141

        You stupid…these sounds like this when you quote a line from a passage without context. If you really want to comment then study the full Surah and Context.

      • athena

        i don’t see you criticizing Judaism of Christianity, Leviticus has much worse stuff. Also, the social norm of the time was to mark or kill criminals, even for stoning. Read before you write!

        • Dio Brando

          it was under the old condition, which Jesus did not instate upon. after Jesus, the new condition, or covenant, or whatever you wanna call it, became a peaceful one. Do research before you write!

  • Peas Full

    so Where’s John Lennon/Bob Marley

    • Canadianguy

      Yes, they would have been on my list.

    • Halena

      John Lennon may have preached peace and made himself into some kind of activist figure, but the truth is that he didn’t understand the crap he was doing. Imagine is a lovely song, but naive. Peaceful? The guy got into quite a few fights in his lifetime, even beating his girlfriend.

  • mom424

    Way too nice a day where I live to spend it arguing with atheists who feel threatened by the fact that Jesus was a real person, or with others who would negate Gandhi’s accomplishments because of the screwy way he chose to test himself (icky by my standards too), or with those who believe the Dalai Lama to be a political pawn. Not to mention the murdering ways of Mandela and the ANC. (like the state-sponsored kind is better?)

    My garden is calling to me – the rest of you have a great day too!

    • Canadianguy

      “Way too nice a day where I live to spend it arguing with atheists who feel threatened by the fact that Jesus was a real person”

      Oh, sure. If Jesus did exist, he was a real person…and nothing more.

      I think you need to crack open the dictionary and look up the definition of ‘atheist’.

      • mom424

        no need – I don’t believe in his divinity either….
        ps: South central ontario here – way awesome day, hope the same for you too!

  • Jamin

    Not sure if someone said this or not, but where is mohammed on this list? I’m not a muslim, but i think many people will agree that ge was one of the greatest men to ever live.

    • fudrick

      Yeah, pedophiles are great people aren’t they!

      • Jamin

        No one is saying pedophiles are great people. But when you live in a time where its ok to kill entire races of people, things are very different. Back then kids that age were making livings doing jobs and helping out their families. Kids back then were a lot more resilient. And when the life expectancy was 30 years or so a nine year old kid was a lot more grown up and unsheltered than they are today. If he was alive today and did the same thing, i would be the first to hang him off a tree, but you cant compare the ways of thinking now with the ways of thinking then. To do so would be moronic. Pedophiles didnt exist back then. Back then that was normal. Kids that age were married or at least promised by then. And who is to say that “story” is even true. There are rumors floating around that jesus married a whore. Do you believe everything you hear just because it proves some point you are trying to make or is it ok to believe a man was great because he lived an alnost selfless life?

        • fudrick

          No, having sex with nine year olds was never acceptable or normal. Twelve or thirteen, yes, but not nine. Nine year old girls are nearly always prepubescent.

          About the truth value, who knows. I guess it’s just as reliable as all the other stories of him.

          • Jamin

            All the other stories are historical. And i agree that its never ok to have sex with a nine year old. But what it boils down to, is that mohammed deserves a spot on this list. Despite stories that someone with a pen may or may not have made up. Behind every great person is a great crime, or so they say, but these things could have been “found out” hundreds of years after the persons death. Or merely minutes. But when they arent alive to defend themaelves, how can anyone dispute it. So instead of remembering him for all the great things he’s done, which most people cant even name one, we decide to remember a rumor, and judge him based solely on that.

          • athena

            In historical documents, the girl had already gone through puberty and was considered a woman, therefore, Mohammed was not doing anything against the social bounds of the day, and furthermore, before you attempt to discount me, you can go through puberty before 9.

        • Woyzeck

          No, Muhammed doesn’t deserve a place on this list. He was an illiterate tribal warlord whose teachings promise warfare and still lead people to murder. “One of the greatest men to ever live”? Bollocks.

          • Jamin

            His teachings were never intended for warfare. Don’t blame the teacher, blame the overzealous students.

          • Canuovea

            His teachings were partially intended for warfare because he fought in wars. Hence he is not peaceful. But not being peaceful doesn’t mean you are evil. Were those who fought the Nazis evil? Some maybe, but most were fighting for a good cause (as I see it). If you believe Mohammad was fighting for a good cause… well, that is up to you.

            Look, Muslims call Jesus the “Prince of Peace”, right? I think most of them would agree that Mohammad, personally, had more people killed than Jesus did.

          • antonlavey

            Book of leviticus is far worse then every thing in the quran. And the old testiment is of jesus, as it is the origin of christianity and the foundation of the church.

          • Canuovea

            But the book of Leviticus has Nothing to do with Jesus’ life as a person. And there are arguments against that whole thing.

            But the point is that Jesus at his most violent was him throwing the moneychangers out of the temple. Mohammad at his most violent involved holy wars and mass death (as war is wont to bring). Justified or not, your decision, but he wasn’t peaceful.

          • Anzella

            It’s amazing what ignorance can spew out sometimes. According to this comment, the Earth’s population should be greatly decimated because 1.5 billion of Muslims worldwide had been ‘taught’ to murder everyone kaffir they ever set eyes on. And I shouldn’t exist here typing this comment because I should’ve been decapitated by my Muslim co-worker who I just had a nice lunch with.

          • Canuovea

            It might have been clearer if Woyzeck said “still lead ‘some’ people to murder.” But, Anzella, I doubt that Woyzeck was saying all Muslims were violent because Mohammad was violent. It doesn’t really follow. So no, according to this logic you shouldn’t have been decapitated by your Muslim co-worker.

            I’ve said repeatedly that Mohammad did commit violence, and I think it is pretty clear he did so (or I wouldn’t have said it, right). I mean, the whole thing with Mecca…

          • Piper

            If Mohammed (sp?) preached about war its because he lived in a time and place of war. Jesus preached about shepherds and lambs and wheat and chaff because He was addressing an agrarian culture. Lets be fair. If your going to talk to people, it has to be relevant to the time and the circumstances.

          • Canuovea

            Jesus didn’t live in a time and place of war? The Jews were living under the Roman Empire, and many of them were violently trying to break away from it. There was violence all around the place. It was a mess of an insurgency for the Romans and a brutal occupation for the Jews.

            Plus, the Jews were hardly just agrarian. They had their own cities and were quite urbanized.

          • Know the Truth

            About the whole thing in Mecca, Muhammad and the Muslims did capture Mecca. However, they didn’t massacre anybody. All they did was destroy the pagan artifacts around the Ka’bah. There was no torture or physical pain inflicted on the Meccans. In fact, they were allowed to keep their pagan religions, but they had to pay much more taxes. Also, the war that caused the Muslims to capture Mecca was started by the Meccans. The Muslims fought to defend themselves, as the Meccans would not stop coming until they were defeated. Therefore, the only way the Meccans would have stopped attacking was if the Muslims conquered the city of Mecca. No negotiations could be done because there was no central government and before then the Arabian Peninsula (not Persia) was made up of a heavily warrior-based society. In fact, Muhammad hated all of the violence in the society. I am not being biased as I am Jewish. I am also not insulting Jesus as he was a very peaceful person.

          • Piper

            Canuovea: you make a good point. I hardly meant that the Jews were only agrarian, but the farmers, fishermen, beggars, whores, and servants made up the largest demographic of Jesus’ personal congregation. He didnt get along so well with the priests and elders. And youre right about all the trouble in the Roman Empire, but that was a gigantic area and the problems were pretty spread out. Jesus had a pretty peaceful 33 years. I think (I could be mistaken) that the biggest hassle He spoke about was the tax collectors.

          • Canuovea

            Piper: Yes, actually most people didn’t like the Tax Collectors. But there was also those moneylenders/changers whatever in the Temple…

            But no, Jews under Rome weren’t peaceful in the least. There were insurgencies against Rome, kinda like Guerrilla warfare, going on in several locations. The Jews were fighting each other too (Ever seen Monty Python’s “The Life of Brian”? Kinda like that. They all hated the Romans, and each other too! Excellent Messiah environment if you ask me). There was also the whole thing about Jesus’ family fleeing to Egypt (ironic? I think so) because Herod, the Jewish King, wanted Jesus dead and had every child under 2 (or so) in Bethlehem put to death. There was also talk of assassinating Jesus even before the whole crucifiction incident (well, if you take the bible’s word on it). Also, Herod mark 2 had John the Baptist decapitated, such was the fate of religious “prophets”. Jesus was not living in a stable time.

            Totally true that Jesus didn’t get along so well with the Elders and the establishment in general. The Pharisees and Saducees both got him angry. And you are right that most of his followers were… well… not so urban. Fishermen, a Tax collector, etc. In fact, most of them were from the same region, except perhaps (tellingly enough) Judas. So, in terms of his own followers you are correct. I just meant the society generally, and apologize for misreading.

    • Aaron

      Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Muhammad asked his followers to kill the non-believers.

      As to the thief, Male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is Exalted in power. ( Qur’an 005.038 )

      He asked to do stoning ‘Omar added, “Surely Allah’s Apostle carried out the penalty of Ra-jam ( stoning ), and so did we after him.” ( Qur’an Volume 8, Book 82, Number 816 )

      Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them…..’ I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.’” ( Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57 )

      There are many more evidence that Islam spread violence messages.

      • vermilionskin

        Where did you get your facts from? all religions practiced violence, go and read the old testament! and what about all the crimes done by Christians? they burnt hundreds of thousands! weren’t Christians responsible for killing millions of Jews??
        No body killed and executed as many people as the Christians did! you are a freaking ignorant, racist and stupid.

  • Why are the words “he/his/him” capitalized in #10?

  • David

    Obama? He got the nobel remember..

    • jackdaniels63

      Just shows it’s worth nothing.

  • dotmatrix

    A unique list. I’m not sure there are any more made up of nine historical figures and a fictional character.

  • Surprised

    I love that Jesus Christ is number one! Awesome!

    Matthew 5:43-45

     43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

     44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

     45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

    • Canadianguy

      Love thy neighbor, eh?

      Matthew 10:5

      These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

      2 John 1:9-11

      Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

      If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

      For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

      • Surprised

        Matt. 10:5 refers to a specific mission, the sending forth of the seventy, and says nothing that can be construed as a permanent, all-time, everybody directive against Gentile evangelization.

        • Simon

          That’s simply you’re interpretation of it, Surprised and Piper. The fact remains that the Bible lacks cohesion. It contradicts itself over and over again.

          • Piper

            You contradict your face!!! :-) agree to disagree. Neither of us is doing any convincing. And im tired of typing this on my phone screen.
            James 3:17-18 is a good place for all of us to be.

      • Piper

        2 John 1:9-11 is talking about FALSE teachers. As in, if someone comes to your house preaching something other than what Jesus taught, turn Him away. People who don’t accept Jesus, but use His name to spread lies. People like David Berg or Jim Jones, not people who didn’t know the gospel. Jesus would never tell anyone to turn an honest person away from their home. In fact, He encouraged kindness to strangers telling us to treat them like it was Him in disguise.

      • Canuovea

        There is some confusion about what Jesus was talking about? Why am I not surprised.

        After all, people claimed that the whole thing about it being easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven didn’t mean rich people were going to have a hard time of getting into heaven. No, the excuse was that the needle referred to the gates of Jerusalem, and so it was easy for a rich man to get into heaven. Sickening.

        And one must really wonder how much of these things were really said by Jesus. When were the gospels all written again?

  • Jay

    Author refers to Christianity as “…the largest religion in the world.” Does anyone know if that’s correct? And how do you determine if someone actually belongs to a religion or not? A lot of people claim to belong to a religion without actually following the principles.

    Anyway, MEN are specifically referenced in the list title, so I guess that disqualifies Mother Teresa and Aun and Florence Nightingale and a whole lot of other women who could be recognized. Maybe a follow-up list…?

    • fudrick

      Well there’s literally not a single person that follows everything the bible says, so either no one is christian, or everyone who claims to be christian is christian.

    • Woyzeck

      Mother Theresa wasn’t peaceful. She was a cackling shill who took money from murderers, used some of it to build sheds for people to die in and dumped the rest of it into Church coffers. She didn’t give a damn about peace, at least not in this world.

      • IRFAN

        WTF is wrong with you, are you high or what?

        tell me what have you been doing lately ?

        • Canuovea

          I have heard some pretty… spooky things about mother Teresa.

          Like how her rabid anti-contraception stance led to more orphans and general problems for Haiti. She was doing what she thought was right, of course, but there were consequences for it. Big bad ones.

          I’m not sure of sourcing though, so I’m not entirely certain this is the truth.

          • lemarvi

            yes.. i agree with you..but the best thing that we can consider is that she help a lot of people. and she give inspirations to other to follow her footsteps on extending your hand to those helpless soul…May her soul rest in peace!

        • Simon

          He’s right that she took money from murderers. She took donations from the Duvalier family in Haiti, who were most definitely murderers.

          • athena

            And that’s wrong why? It’s not like she was doing the killings, just taking money for the poor, also, can’t the “murderers” feel remorse and try to do something good?

  • Human?

    Nelson Mandela deserves a mention for helping the apartheid but he also doesn’t because he was a racist and there are supposed to be videos of him singing about killing white people

    • Miss V

      Nelson Mandela single handedly ended oppression and appartheid for his people…. (Coming from a White South African)…. He is a great man and millions of people will mourne his loss when he dies. He stood up for what he believed in and he was persecuted for it… He turned South Africa around completely and gave rites to all the people… And good on him that he had a chance to stand up against the white people that took over the country that him, his family and friends had been thriving in for centuries!!!! That does not make him a bad person!

      • dghammer

        He was nothing more then a communist……….

  • Madison

    I find it very ironic how this list is about peaceful men, while the comments are so rude and hurtful. All these men did great things in their time. And no person is perfect. If you wanted to make a list of men who never made mistakes in their lives, you would not have a single human on this list. These men did all that they could to help the world. I don’t think it’s right to attack their faults.

  • Hockey12

    Brothers, please! This is a list of peace! Why can’t we just respect other’s religious orientations? Being an atheist, I don’t like some of these entries, but I’m not going to call someone “retarded” or “pseudo whatever” because of them.

    • sh00ky

      Is this Hulk Hogan?

  • Princess711

    And the descripition for Dalai Lama isn’t very informative… I already know all of that stuff- why not write about how he actually IS a man of peace…. vs his life story

  • Surya

    If Jesus is peaceful then what’s wrong with Mickey Mouse? He is damn peaceful too!

    • Film_Fan

      Mickey Mouse? Peaceful?

      Actually, no… or at least he didn’t start out that way.

      Check out Steamboat Willie from 1928 —

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RexXDDA8RoI

      Not only does he strangle and torture other animals for music’s sake, including the $exual molestation of a pig–but it ends where he actually kills a parrot.

      Disney normally censored these parts on the rare occasions Steamboat Willie was shown on TV.

      Later on in his career, rumor has it, Disney neutered Mickey, and his outrageous behavior was curbed. This also explains why he and Minnie never had any kids.

      • The Ashok

        lol…

  • Frankurl

    Interesting list.

    Anyone giving Mandela grief must understand the context of the violent songs he USED to sing. They were part of the liberation movement. Sure a lot of the guys on this list may have dark personal issues, but many of them inspire the notion of peace. Just look at how people talk about Mandela, and how instead of getting revenge, he attempted to unify his people. Mandela’s name is now synonymous with peace for most people.

    • venusbloo

      He is a convicted terrorist, don’t believe the bullshit you’re taught!

      • James

        Put yourself in the shoes of a black person living during Apartheid in South Africa, I am sure your worldview would be pretty similar the one Mandela had back then.

        • venusbloo

          So any terrorist is doing right if they have a following? “One mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter” can be reversed!

    • sh00ky

      Just as Bin Laden’s name brings to mind peace among His people.

      (Please see previous comments to understand the ‘His’ jab before claiming I’m a Jihadist…)

  • Romeo Williams

    wheres muhammed/ mohamed, the prophet of Islam?

  • juicebox

    Great list. Should have added Pope John Paul II.

    • Armadillotron

      Pope john paul gave a Nazi a Sainthood. There`s a man of peace.

      • Martin

        Who are you referring to?

  • Danielle

    Quite biased. Good list still.

  • antonio

    THOR should be in the 1º …the true god :P

  • I think this is a really nice list. Arguing against every entry is kind of stupid. Some of the men here may not been perfectly moral people, but that doesn’t change the peaceful message of their entire life. As for the religious figures, it was great of the author to include many different religions rather than just Christianity. Why start a flame-war over men who teach us to do the opposite?

  • voice of reason

    eh, i know this is all opinion anyways, good list. :)

  • Dylan

    socrates didn’t write dialogues

  • Steve

    If Martin Luther and Gandhi were so peaceful, why were they assassinated?

    • guest

      Because other people weren’t so peaceful. Believing violence is wrong does not preclude one from dying violently.

  • Lazlo

    I wonder if all the machine guns Nelson Mandela sold in his youthful “Protests” ever killed anyone? Just sayin

  • Woyzeck

    OK, a few of these choices are absurd. I’m going by your title rather than the somewhat vague introduction, for what this list is actually about. But here are WOYZECK’s thoughts.

    Nelson Mandela was not a man of peace during his struggle against apartheid. He was a guerrilla and he founded an organisation which tortured and executed people. He openly acknowledges this himself and it is an insult to his integrity and his honesty to try to whitewash his history.

    As for Jesus, I think Luke 14:26 says it best even if you’re willing to ignore the literally billions of people who have died because of the religion he founded:

    “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.”

    Peace is coexistence between peoples. Jesus wanted violent sectarian partition, he says so several times in the Bible, and a hundred years of pathetic milksop juvenile perversions of his message do not change that fact. Christians can keep their weak, watered-down religiosity; Christ himself wasn’t into that bulls hit.

    • Canuovea

      Jesus also seemed willing to coexist with the Romans. I’m not so sure that this violent sectarian partition thing works. Then again, it is almost impossible to know what Jesus was actually like.

      I would be more than happy to actually have a conversation with the man. It would be an interesting discussion. Shame he died about 2000 years ago.

      • Woyzeck

        According to the Bible, he was willing to coexist with Romans if they were Christians. Otherwise, he promised that his followers would be slaughtered (or take up arms) and that non-Christians would be judged by God. Jesus was an actual radical, not the pussified, doe-eyed, bumfluff-sporting manbaby that modern Christians like to make him out to be. His teachings were sectarian in nature and his actions (such as the cleansing of the temple) show clearly that peace wasn’t always his modus operandi. What about Matthew 10:34? He says it himself, explicitly:

        “Do not think that I came to bring peace on Earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it”.

        Putting him on a list like this is blasphemy and a sign of yet another religious idiot who can’t be bothered to learn the meaning of their own faith. The church is not the home of salvation; beware false prophets. Otherwise we might as well go back to having a rich old virgin be the only keeper of religious truth, dispensing it weekly to a crowd of stupefied peasants.

        • Canuovea

          What? I was under the impression that “render unto Cesar what is Cesar’s and God what is God’s” would be somewhat against forcing them to convert.

          Second. Jesus was not a Christian, he was a Jew. There was no Christianity when he was alive, so how could he want the Romans to be Christians? Romans were not Jews (though there was a possibility for conversion at the time, I’m not sure, I was under the impression that Jewish was as much an ethnic identity as a religious one at the time). I was also under the impression that Jesus was talking to Jews, not non-Jews, and that the message was adapted and spread by others after his death, most notably Paul. Paul deserves almost as much, if not more, credit for creating Christianity than Christ!

          • Woyzeck

            I didn’t say he wanted to force them to convert. But not forcing them to convert doesn’t mean everybody joining hands and singing Kumbaya.

            ‘Christian’ isn’t a brand name. He said that he wanted all people to listen to his message and to follow him. He said he was the one path to salvation. By following Jesus, a person is defined as a Christian. Christianity was born as soon as Christ started preaching, it’s the church that didn’t exist. This is an important distinction. As for Jewishness, Jesus was not a religious Jew. He opposed the Jewish religion and Jewish religious leaders. Again, this is in the Bible. Jesus was a Jew inasmuch as he was born into a semitic race and a Jewish culture, but his beliefs and lifestyle were opposed to Judaism as an institution.

            Paul deserves credit for perverting Jesus’ message and buying his way into Christian folklore. He deserves credit for being able to openly shove his philosophical beliefs into early Christian discourse and still to this day have them referred to as ‘Christian’. Paul’s writings are largely irrelevant to modern life and have always been superfluous to Christ’s teachings.

          • Canuovea

            True, but it didn’t mean he wanted to commit genocide either. And in that respect I am referring as much as possible to the “historical Jesus” not the Jesus of Revelation, etc.

            I would not say that Jesus was against the Jewish religion, he was more just adding on to it, changing it but keeping the basics there. Which is why the Christians keep the Old Testament around. There have been plenty of similar types of “messiah” figures in Jewish history that have gone one way or the other. Jesus was another messianic figure, but… with a bit of a different message.

            In all honesty, it is almost impossible to decide who Jesus was. If he said half the things attributed to him then he has contradicted himself so many times it is insane. And that is only in the Bible! I find it difficult to take the Bible’s word for what Jesus has said or not. Sad thing is that it is the only real resource for it. Who Jesus is, as I’ve said, is almost impossible to know.

            I don’t like Paul in the least.

          • Woyzeck

            I didn’t say he wanted to commit genocide or that he condoned it.

            He was there to fulfil Biblical prophecy, and the OT was indeed the main Jewish holy book. However, actual Judaism as it was practiced at the time was essentially what he was rebelling against and, according to the Bible (and Mel Gibson), it was this that got him killed. Actually you are right on this point and I should really have stated what I meant in more exact terms; Jesus was against Judaism as it existed at that time, and it was that that he attacked. Nonetheless, it is accurate to say that he was cut from the same Jewish fabric and believed in the same holy book (though one with a slightly different deity).

            I don’t think he contradicts himself that much, but I take your point. I do think it’s important that Christians understand the full implications of Christ’s apparent message, which tended towards a more violent tone than the tucked-in-shirt, pseudo-hippie, abstinence-ring-wearing, sticky-sheets-making, awful-music-listening baloney that gets slopped out in churches nowadays like so many bland wafers.

          • pococonuts

            you got it all wrong… he reached out to the samaritan women… he preached in gentile areas and prached that the wedding banquet is open to others since those who were invited did not come… paul just did what jesus ordered

          • Canuovea

            Paul. No, Paul stuffed the thing with his own ideas too. He kinda piggybacked on Jesus’ teachings. He managed to popularize it and basically brought Rome to its knees from the inside.

            Additionally: Jesus preached to those other than Jews? Okay. Sure, why not? But his message was mainly directed to the Jews and against the Jewish establishment.

            Of course he preferred for people to follow his teachings, thats kinda the point, but he wasn’t all that violent about it. Not in life anyway. Though that whole Revelation thing… hmm. Actually the most violent he got was with the moneychangers in the temple.

            All this being said… yes, Jesus’ message was hugely different from what it gets made into today. I agree with Woyzeck there for sure. I’m not certain he wasn’t some kind of proto-socialist, or proto-hippie (I mean, “love thy neighbour?” But, I don’t have too much against the hippies… really!). But some kind of holier than thou asshole? No, probably not. Abstinence ring wearing? Probably not. I dunno.

            Darn. This makes me want a time machine and a tape recorder.

    • Randall

      Woyzeck, god knows I love you man, you’re a funny bastard… but you’re interpreting Jesus incorrectly throughout your statements here, and thus miss the point entirely of what he was saying (and just what translation are you using?) In point of fact, Jesus’ message is precisely the same as the Buddha’s–that adherence to a thing, a person, etc., is not the way to wisdom/salvation. It’s a harsh and tough idea to follow, let alone practice. But it has nothing whatsoever to do with hate, but rather with “letting go” and following “the path.”

    • Jacob

      what he means is that he wanted people to die for his cause, people to be like him…hint hint missonaries, good try though

  • Woyzeck

    And an actual, honest list of the Top Ten Peaceful Men would not have a single religious person on it. By its very nature, religion is incompatible with true peace.

    • Canuovea

      How so?

      I’m not religious, but I do not see how it would be incompatible.

      Plus, what do you mean by religion and ‘true peace?’

      • Woyzeck

        True peace is the coexistence of all people. Religion fails this for several reasons; firstly, because every religion favours the believers of one group over the other. When you combine this with the, *ahem*, ‘moral’ teachings of holy books and holy priests, you get intolerance. There are so many varieties of intolerance that it seems pointless to go into this in detail, but I’m sure you know what I’m driving at.

        True peace comes from morality. Morality is doing what you feel is right no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told no matter what you feel is right.

        • Canuovea

          You get intolerance, not when you combine different things, but when there is extremism. There is “religion-lite” and “religion-extreme.” Religion-extreme is as you say, but it does not represent everything. I’ve gotten along fine with Christians and Muslims, who have also got along fine with each other. It is the individual, and the polarization of belief, that causes problems. I find blaming a concept, or large group, simply dangerous.

          There are different moralities, not all of it is the same. Sometimes doing what one feels is right means doing violence. It depends on culture and upbringing and the individual. Blaming religion for it is a cover. One can be religious and still be motivated to do what they think is right. That being said, a lot of extremist religions are: do as I say. I don’t like it. Yet not all religion need be like that.

          • Woyzeck

            You get intolerance any time there is a religious law (taken as distinct from humanist). Intolerance arises from teaching that women are filthy at certain times of the month and that homosexuality is an abomination, but it also exists in “thou shalt not covet…”. It exists in passages outlining what it is and isn’t OK to eat and what haircuts are and aren’t OK. I’m not talking about extreme intolerance, because intolerance doesn’t need to be extreme to upset the balance of peace. These concepts are inherently dangerous, because there are always going to be otherwise morally-normal people who believe them. You get intolerance wherever you get people willing to believe anything they read in a book without the slightest piece of evidence; that’s just the way people are.

            You are right about the subjectivity of morality; however, in stating that religion is incompatible with true peace I did not suggest that religion is the only thing that is incompatible with it. I do however believe that as there is no empirical truth in the supernatural claims of religion, and since its version of morality is clearly superfluous (at best) to human morality, it is worthy of special mention.

          • Canuovea

            You know, it also depends on culture. People will take from religion what they like and leave what they don’t. That is fine by me, so long as it remains moderate. The problem is not in what religion says, but how people choose to interpret it.

            I wasn’t talking about extreme intolerance, I was talking about intolerance bred from extremism of ideas.

            I see no empirical truth for supernatural claims either. Then again, I see no proof against it. I am perfectly happy not knowing for certain. But I do believe we are responsible for our own choices and actions.

        • pococonuts

          your concept of morality is quite subjective. what if i would feel that it is moral to kill immoral people and i feel that it is right?

          “Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. ” — St. Augustine of Hippo

          • Swag Master

            then you would be a serial killer and would go to jail…kinda simple.

          • JohnStuartMill

            In that case, the morality of the society you are in would decide what should be done. In western society, our collective morality states that murder is wrong. This is the general consensus. If your individual morality does not serve the overall utility of society, or if it harms others, it can be lawfully, legitimately, and socially punished.

          • Canuovea

            Ah. Good old John Stuart Mill to the rescue.

            Besides, morality IS subjective. This is demonstrated by the fact that everyone has a different one. There are different philosophies that try to guide people along, help them make their choices, buuuut… No over arching thing.

  • Tim

    You forgot John Lennon.

    • guest

      All you need is love.

      • Swag Master

        ^may he rest in peace

        Just Give peace a chance

        • Maggot

          Peace didn’t give Cavern Club DJ Bob Wooler a chance. Neither did John Lennon. John also so much as admitted that he was a hitter of women. Now you could say Lennon was a changed man later in life, but fact is, he had a history of violence.

  • Bitchface

    Socrates was a total jerk. incredibly witty and to call him intelligent is an understatement, but he was a total jerk.

    • Swag Master

      doens’t mean he wasn’t peaceful. One who is peaceful refrains from violence, not rudeness.

  • Magnumto

    MLK was my favorite person on here. Regarding your mention of Malcom X, I thought he advocated violence. Sorry, I haven’t really researched him, but I had a “deprived” childhood, growing up as a white boy in South Texas – lots of racism at that time and place. (It’s better down here now; not “best”, but better, with regards to racism.)

  • guest

    It seems a lot of people are confusing morality with peacefulness. A peaceful person need not be moral. A moral person need not be peaceful. Just because a person does not condone war does not make them a good person. Just because a person fights in a war does not make them a bad person. These men were peaceful, they attempted to solve problems without bloodshed, this is something to be admired but don’t expect them to have every aspect of their lives in order because of it.

    • Swag Master

      Peaceful:

      –adjective
      characterized by peace; free from war, strife, commotion, violence, or disorder: a peaceful reign; a peaceful demonstration.

      ^free from war, strife, commotion, violence, or disorder.

  • Owen the thinker

    Jesus Christ as the #1 most peaceful man? Um the crusades weren’t very peaceful if I remember correctly. Religions have spawned the highest amount of non-natural deaths through the course of history, and for Christianity being the worlds largest religion… Well, you get the picture.

    • pococonuts

      the crusades is just one side of the coin… the other side is islam… it takes two to tango… just because the father is good does not necessarilly mean that his descendants would be good…

      • Swag Master

        exactly why jesus shouldn’t be on the list. Yes, the islams were involved, but they had been living in Jerusalem for thousands of years…they built the city, and the Christians deemed it holy-land, sent huge armies down to take the area, and massacred way too many people. It was all Christianity’s fault for the crusades.

    • Exodiafinder687

      Remind me again. When exactly did Jesus fight in the Crusades?

    • athena

      haha, you made a funny. the crusades weren’t religious, as most scholars agree, they were an excuse by the pope to get the bloodthirsty nobles out of europe. This was a strategic move to prevent the murder of the serfs in conquests because the violent nobles needed to get their anger out. The muslims were protecting themselves and regaining lost land.

  • sh00ky

    I like how you capitalize all references to Jesus but not to anybody else. I’m disappointed that Listverse would allow such a self-serving list. God still hates you, John Waller.

  • 1. To everyone saying “how ironic that we are arguing on a list about peace”, if he had put Hitler as #1, and you wanted to argue about that being wrong, it would still be ironic. Just because this is a list about peace does not grant the people listed immunity from criticism.

    2. Understand that the term “pedophilia” is directly relative to culture. In 100 years if the age of consent for some reason rises to 30 years old, then we would all be deemed pedophiles. However there is a level of physical development at which it can be considered rationally unacceptable to behave sexually with another person. In this sense people like Mohamed, Ghandi, Socrates etc were not NECESSARILY immoral for doing what they allegedly did. And even if they were considered immoral in that sense, that would still not be anti-peaceful.

    3. Jesus should not be anywhere near this list. The sheer amount of lives that have been brutally ended in fanatical genocidal bloodshed forever because of his (possible) existence is the antithesis of peace spreading. Someone who is “peaceful” is literally someone who spreads peace, and despite any positive thing Jesus may or may not have said, his actual influence has been nothing short of catastrophic. This is obvious.

    4. Someone who promoted peace to the greatest amount of people with the least amount of harm should be number one. In that sense I would personally argue that Siddhartha Gautama should be number one, since no one is up awake at night in fear of what plot the Buddhists are cooking up. Same with the Janists, and some other eastern religions.

    5. As far as atheists hating religion goes, it makes all the sense in the world, when you consider many religions literally teach that atheists should be killed for spreading dissent among religious peoples, in addition to concepts of anyone who does not believe in god being tortured and burned for all eternity in hell.

    And you wonder why all atheists cant be as accepting and apathetic towards cloaked hate and fake notions of peace and harmony as you?

    • fudrick

      “However there is a level of physical development at which it can be considered rationally unacceptable to behave *****ually with another person. In this sense people like Mohamed”

      She was fucking NINE when they consummated the marriage (supposedly, I’m just assuming this story is true for the sake of the discussion). Only under very rare circumstances could a nine year old girl be even sexually mature, as in able to produce children. Even if that was the case, she would still be far from physically and emotionally mature.

      • “In this sense people like Mohamed, Ghandi, Socrates etc were not NECESSARILY immoral for doing what they allegedly did. And even if they were considered immoral in that sense, that would still not be anti-peaceful.”

        You purposely left out the second half of that paragraph. Also, it has been repeatedly said in these comments that Mohamed didn’t consummate the marriage until the girl reached puberty.

        And also you are agreeing with what I said, so why you are trying to argue with me isn’t clear.

        • fudrick

          According to wikipedia, the marriage occurred when she was six and consummated when she was nine. I don’t really know anything else about it.

  • mightyman689

    BOBBBB MARLEYYY?????????????

  • Piper

    Jesus Christ!!! I cant take it anymore!!!

    “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-18.

    There is nothing else anyone needs to know about Jesus. Being peaceful doesn’t mean being a pussy. Sometimes war is a tool of keeping the peace. WWI and WWII anyone? Most of the men on this list were peaceful people, but they weren’t the type to stand by silently when they saw injustice. Yes they fought sometimes, but only as a last resort. Having courage does not mean you have no fear, it means doing the right thing in spite of your fear. Being peaceful doesnt mean you’re a wimp who never lifts a finger to help anyone in need, it means being steadfast in your heart and trying to encourage others into higher ways of thinking.

    Jesus did that, MLK did that, Mandela did that, Franklin did that (in fact, he did everything he could to keep the US and England together until there was no other alternative.)

    Jesus was a good dude. I can’t for the life of me understand why he makes people so angry. Pedophilic priests? Sure. Abortion clinic bombers? Absolutely. Gay bashers? Mos’ def!!! But Jesus? He didnt do any of that stuff. Nor did he encourage it. And its my personal opinion that the people who engage in that sort of behavior will find themselves with a lot of tough questions to answer in the hereafter.

  • pococonuts

    good thing that mohammad is not on the list….

  • Ni99a

    Glad that there is no Muhammad.

  • Gabriel

    There is no good and there is no evil.
    There is only the force.

  • jrwesner1075

    Yow, I love this site, but, why all the angst? How can you blame people who have been gone from this world for so long for what is happening now? There is not one person on this list, including Christ, who is was promoting views that hadn’t been been advanced in some form or another, before them. Why the viriole against the individual?

  • jrwesner1075

    I meant vitriol. Misspelled the most important word in my rant,sorry.

  • Alan

    Excellent list, thank you for a positive message.

  • Sisyphunk

    Listverse is JFrater’s site, so he is free to post whatever he likes. However, I am going to go right ahead and express my distaste towards this list anyway.

    To begin with, Jesus at number 1 was a questionable choice at best. We don’t even know if Jesus even existed, and, quite honestly, I think Christianity throughout history hasn’t provided the best examples of benevolence. There is also the brow-raising point that Jesus is referred to as ‘Him’ with a capital ‘H’. I do notice that No.10 is also referred to as such, but I can’t help but think that this was added so that Jesus’ special treatment wouldn’t stand out as much. I’m going to say that the only people who applaud Jesus’ list as No.1 spot are Christians and folks who think they are taking the higher moral ground by avoiding religion-bashing.

    I think we should just stay away from lists like these: they are far too personal, and most of these figures are too famous to be of much interest (for my own selfish reasons, I go on Listverse to learn new information, something which this list has failed to do).

    • Swag Master

      Aw but it’s so much fun to argue! Obviously this list was made by an ecclesiastic or christian fanatic. You know every list that ends with Number 1 as Jesus, they are christian fanatics.

  • jrwesner1075

    Who is was, I know, I know.

  • Swag Master

    sooo if jesus is number one….and Christianity is why you put him on the list…why did the holocaust happen? oh waiiit thats when CHRISTIANS thought they were better than jews, and killed 6 million of them. Sounds so peaceful. There are also these things called the holy wars, where CHRISTIANS led huge armies into the middle east, causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Also…spanish inquisition? CHRISTIANITY. Christianity has caused more death than any other religion on earth. Don’t even think about putting him on this list.

    • athena

      not christians, hitler and his helpers. Most germans only did what they did so their families wouldn’t be killed. Aaack, i give up. you can’t reason with people like you.

  • Miffed

    almost a good list, except Christ should definitely not be on the list…
    only proof of his existence is on the roman list for prisoner… stories about him cannot be proven right or wrong so he should NOT be on the list of people who were real…
    also Buddha was THE MOST peaceful human alive, HE should be the number 1… almost a good list… almost

  • coolidge

    And may I ask how old are you dear Gertrude ? I meant no disrespect but I do believe that you should be old enough to do your own research on this matter instead of following others blindly like a sheep.

    Firstly, your question clearly implied that the Prophet was a paedophile. My question to you is – besides Aisha, were there others ?

    Given the fact that the Prophet had the unconditional trust and confidence of his followers, he could have plenty of young girls like Aisha. Yet there was only one. As a matter of fact, his first wife was fifteen years older than him. After the death of Khadijah, he married others such as Saudah bint Zamah who was around 50 years of age at the time of her marriage to the Prophet.

    Secondly, if sex was the main reason behind his marriages including Aisha – why then the Prophet did not have plenty of children ? He had only seven children, six with his first wife Khadijah and one with Maryam Qibtiyyah.

    Thirdly, if the marriage with Aisha was something despicable according to the standards of that culture at that time, do you honestly think the Prophet could have maintain the loyalty, faith and trust of his followers ?

    Ask yourself – who among his followers rejected the Prophet and his teachings after his marriage to Aisha ?

    Also, if that marriage was out of the ordinary, do you honestly think that this event would have recorded for posterity ?

    No non-Muslims, including yourself, find this out yourself. It was there in our books in the first place. We the Muslims did not hide it.

    Fourthly, Aisha in her adult life would later become an intellectual and spiritual giant. Living 40 years more after the Prophet, she was sought after for her religious opinions and rulings, attaining in her lifetime the position of a Mufti – a position very, very few Muslims would ever occupy. Muslims came from all corners of Arabia to study at her feet – from Syria, Bahrain and Yemen.

    In other words, she was in full control of her emotional, psychological and intellectual faculties. Does she sound therefore like your average sexual abuse victim ?

    Fifthly, the actual age of Aisha had been debated by highly celebrated Muslim scholars who deduced from historical data that Aisha could not had possibly been 6 years of age.

    In his booklet, Maulana Muhammad Ali challenge the notion that Aisha was aged six and nine, respectively, at the time of her marriage and consummation of marriage.

    ” This he did in, at least, the following writings: his English booklet Prophet of Islam, his larger English book Muhammad, the Prophet, and in the footnotes in his voluminous Urdu translation and commentary of Sahih Bukhari entitled Fadl-ul-Bari, these three writings being published in the 1920s and 1930s. In the booklet Prophet of Islam, which was later incorporated in 1948 as the first chapter of his book Living Thoughts of the Prophet Muhammad, he writes in a lengthy footnote as follows:

    “A great misconception prevails as to the age at which Aisha was taken in marriage by the Prophet. Ibn Sa‘d has stated in the Tabaqat that when Abu Bakr [father of Aisha] was approached on behalf of the Holy Prophet, he replied that the girl had already been betrothed to Jubair, and that he would have to settle the matter first with him. This shows that Aisha must have been approaching majority at the time. Again, the Isaba, speaking of the Prophet’s daughter Fatima, says that she was born five years before the Call and was about five years older than Aisha. This shows that Aisha must have been about ten years at the time of her betrothal to the Prophet, and not six years as she is generally supposed to be. This is further borne out by the fact that Aisha herself is reported to have stated that when the chapter [of the Holy Quran] entitled The Moon, the fifty-fourth chapter, was revealed, she was a girl playing about and remembered certain verses then revealed. Now the fifty-fourth chapter was undoubtedly revealed before the sixth year of the Call. All these considerations point to but one conclusion, viz., that Aisha could not have been less than ten years of age at the time of her nikah, which was virtually only a betrothal. And there is one report in the Tabaqat that Aisha was nine years of age at the time of nikah. Again it is a fact admitted on all hands that the nikah of Aisha took place in the tenth year of the Call in the month of Shawwal, while there is also preponderance of evidence as to the consummation of her marriage taking place in the second year of Hijra in the same month, which shows that full five years had elapsed between the nikah and the consummation. Hence there is not the least doubt that Aisha was at least nine or ten years of age at the time of betrothal, and fourteen or fifteen years at the time of marriage.” [4] (Bolding is mine.)

    To facilitate understanding dates of these events, please note that it was in the tenth year of the Call, i.e. the tenth year after the Holy Prophet Muhammad received his calling from God to his mission of prophethood, that his wife Khadija passed away, and the approach was made to Abu Bakr for the hand of his daughter Aisha. The hijra or emigration of the Holy Prophet to Madina took place three years later, and Aisha came to the household of the Holy Prophet in the second year after hijra. So if Aisha was born in the year of the Call, she would be ten years old at the time of the nikah and fifteen years old at the time of the consummation of the marriage.
    Later research

    Research subsequent to the time of Maulana Muhammad Ali has shown that she was older than this. An excellent short work presenting such evidence is the Urdu pamphlet Rukhsati kai waqt Sayyida Aisha Siddiqa ki umar (‘The age of Lady Aisha at the time of the start of her married life’) by Abu Tahir Irfani.[4a] Points 1 to 3 below have been brought to light in this pamphlet.

    1. The famous classical historian of Islam, Ibn Jarir Tabari, wrote in his ‘History’:

    “In the time before Islam, Abu Bakr married two women. The first was Fatila daughter of Abdul Uzza, from whom Abdullah and Asma were born. Then he married Umm Ruman, from whom Abdur Rahman and Aisha were born. These four were born before Islam.” [5]

    Being born before Islam means being born before the Call.

    2. The compiler of the famous Hadith collection Mishkat al-Masabih, Imam Wali-ud-Din Muhammad ibn Abdullah Al-Khatib, who died 700 years ago, has also written brief biographical notes on the narrators of Hadith reports. He writes under Asma, the older daughter of Abu Bakr:

    “She was the sister of Aisha Siddiqa, wife of the Holy Prophet, and was ten years older than her. … In 73 A.H. … Asma died at the age of one hundred years.” [6]

    This would make Asma 28 years of age in 1 A.H., the year of the Hijra, thus making Aisha 18 years old in 1 A.H. So Aisha would be 19 years old at the time of the consummation of her marriage, and 14 or 15 years old at the time of her nikah. It would place her year of birth at four or five years before the Call.

    3. The same statement is made by the famous classical commentator of the Holy Quran, Ibn Kathir, in his book Al-bidayya wal-nihaya:

    “Asma died in 73 A.H. at the age of one hundred years. She was ten years older than her sister Aisha.” [7]

    Apart from these three evidences, which are presented in the Urdu pamphlet referred to above, we also note that the birth of Aisha being a little before the Call is consistent with the opening words of a statement by her which is recorded four times in Bukhari. Those words are as follows:

    “Ever since I can remember (or understand things) my parents were following the religion of Islam.” [8]

    This is tantamount to saying that she was born sometime before her parents accepted Islam but she can only remember them practising Islam. No doubt she and her parents knew well whether she was born before or after they accepted Islam, as their acceptance of Islam was such a landmark event in their life which took place just after the Holy Prophet received his mission from God. If she had been born after they accepted Islam it would make no sense for her to say that she always remembered them as following Islam. Only if she was born before they accepted Islam, would it make sense for her to say that she can only remember them being Muslims, as she was too young to remember things before their conversion. This is consistent with her being born before the Call, and being perhaps four or five years old at the time of the Call, which was also almost the time when her parents accepted Islam.
    Two further evidences cited by Maulana Muhammad Ali

    In the footnotes of his Urdu translation and commentary of Sahih Bukhari, entitled Fadl-ul-Bari, Maulana Muhammad Ali had pointed out reports of two events which show that Aisha could not have been born later than the year of the Call. These are as follows.

    1. The above mentioned statement by Aisha in Bukhari, about her earliest memory of her parents being that they were followers of Islam, begins with the following words in its version in Bukhari’s Kitab-ul-Kafalat. We quote this from the English translation of Bukhari by M. Muhsin Khan:

    “Since I reached the age when I could remember things, I have seen my parents worshipping according to the right faith of Islam. Not a single day passed but Allah’s Apostle visited us both in the morning and in the evening. When the Muslims were persecuted, Abu Bakr set out for Ethiopia as an emigrant.” [9]

    Commenting on this report, Maulana Muhammad Ali writes:

    “This report sheds some light on the question of the age of Aisha. … The mention of the persecution of Muslims along with the emigration to Ethiopia clearly shows that this refers to the fifth or the sixth year of the Call. … At that time Aisha was of an age to discern things, and so her birth could not have been later than the first year of the Call.” [10]

    Again, this would make her more than fourteen at the time of the consummation of her marriage.

    2. There is a report in Sahih Bukhari as follows:

    “On the day (of the battle) of Uhud when (some) people retreated and left the Prophet, I saw Aisha daughter of Abu Bakr and Umm Sulaim, with their robes tucked up so that the bangles around their ankles were visible hurrying with their water skins (in another narration it is said, ‘carrying the water skins on their backs’). Then they would pour the water in the mouths of the people, and return to fill the water skins again and came back again to pour water in the mouths of the people.” [11]

    Maulana Muhammad Ali writes in a footnote under this report:

    “It should also be noted that Aisha joined the Holy Prophet’s household only one year before the battle of Uhud. According to the common view she would be only ten years of age at this time, which is certainly not a suitable age for the work she did on this occasion. This also shows that she was not so young at this time.” [12]

    If, as shown in the previous section above, Aisha was nineteen at the time of the consummation of her marriage, then she would be twenty years old at the time of the battle of Uhud. It may be added that on the earlier occasion of the battle of Badr when some Muslim youths tried, out of eagerness, to go along with the Muslim army to the field of battle, the Holy Prophet Muhammad sent them back on account of their young age (allowing only one such youngster, Umair ibn Abi Waqqas, to accompany his older brother the famous Companion Sa‘d ibn Abi Waqqas). It seems, therefore, highly unlikely that if Aisha was ten years old the Holy Prophet would have allowed her to accompany the army to the field of battle.

    We conclude from all the evidence cited above that Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) was nineteen years old when she joined the Holy Prophet as his wife in the year 2 A.H., the nikah or betrothal having taken place five years previously. “

    • Canuovea

      Interesting. I find the argument that Aisha was 19 years old less convincing then the ones saying that she was 15 or so. But, at the time, 15 would almost certainly be considered old enough for consummation of the marriage.

      This still makes him a pedophile by modern standards (in most places), but not by the ones of his time. We cannot expect Mohammad to act in accordance to ethics that did not even exist at the time!

      As I said, most interesting.

    • fudrick

      “Firstly, your question clearly implied that the Prophet was a paedophile. My question to you is – besides Aisha, were there others ? ”

      Great logic. “He’s not a pedophile, he only slept with one nine year old!”

      • Canuovea

        There is a kind of logic.

        Someone of Mohammad’s position would be able to have as many under aged girls as he wanted.

        He only had one, allegedly, under aged girl as a wife.

        Maybe something doesn’t click here? That is the point.

        Second, did you read the whole thing? There is some persuasive stuff there that suggests that Aisha wasn’t under aged for the time (ie, she was around 15). Where is the evidence to refute that?

  • Bill the Butcher

    Tenzing Gyatso’s appearance on this list is a joke. Mohandas Gandhi was a conniving politician but for whom India would probably have won freedom earlier and would certainly have been much better off. And there is not even any evidence that Jesus Christ existed.

    This must be one of the worst lists on Listverse.

  • shret

    think about how much violence has come out of the christian religion, in relation to wars!

  • honkster7

    No real complaints about this list , expected most of the people on here , a couple more that could of been considered are ;

    Francis of Assisi , the dude preached to animals , gotta love that .

    John Lennon , he could be at times vile to the people he loved , but still
    had an enormous love of peace ; Give Peace A Chance , Imagine , All You Need Is Love , Power To The People , etc…

    Bob Marley , with his songs of love and protest he gave the Third World a
    voice .

    Raoul Wallenberg , a true humanitarian .

    Cat Stevens , apart from the whole Salman Rushdie nonsense , which he later
    denounced , is a voice of reason and inspiration .

    John Wesley , Abolitionist , humanitarian . Methodist general rules
    1st , By doing no harm by avoiding every kind of evil .
    2nd , Doing good of every possible sort , and , as far as possible to all .
    3rd , By attending upon all the ordinances of God .
    Administered orphanages , societies , charities and gave away most of his money to help the needy . A great man indeed .

    William Wilberforce , Abolitionist , Slavery Abolition Act 1833 , the creation of the Society of the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals , Prison reform and many other humanitarian ideals .

    Erasmus of Rotterdam , Freedom of the Will , Religious toleration .

    Henry Dunant , A Memory of Solferino , inspired the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross .

    • Canuovea

      I like it.

  • Pho

    I think Jesus could’ve been replaced by Dumbledore. :)

    • leo stewart

      haha or magneto

  • sanjay

    i am SURE that the list is incomplete without SRI AUROBINDO a great indian who strived for peace in the 2nd world war !

  • Piper

    “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-18.
    Nobody can help what atrocities have been carried out in Jesus’ name. The Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials, Disney boycotts, I know. Christians have been apologizing for that stuff for generations. I, as a Christian, cannot help it if people choose to use His name to further their own political/moral agendas. But Jesus was a GOOD guy. Just read. His whole life is right there! Dont let someone else tell you. Ive read all the way through the gospels and the only things i found that werent exactly peaceful were His treatment of the money changers in the temple (understandable if He was who He said He was), and the fact that He cursed a fig tree for not having any fruit (perplexing to me as well.)
    He was a good guy (the best in my opinion), no one can honestly deny that if they just read!
    And the question of His existence, thats just lame. No one had any reason to talk about him while He was alive. He wasnt really a big deal until later. Its not like he was on youtube. His persecutors couldnt even drum up a crime to charge him with before they crucified him.
    Let me say it again, he was a good dude. The crunchiest of granolas. The dirtiest hippie of them all. All this shit thats gone on in His name has NOTHING to do with Him or how He lived His life. He preached nothing but love and forgiveness and courage and faith and charity. Why does tha make people so angry?

    • Canuovea

      Perhaps. But Woyzeck suggests that Jesus wasn’t a hippie and that his teachings had a kind of violent streak.

      I’m not entirely convinced, but you should give his posts a read.

  • ftsfa

    Nelson Mandela? the only difference between him and bin laden is that mandela had the support of the west so the murders he committed were overlooked. One man’s terrorist and all that…

    • Proudly South African

      FAIL, you dont know anything!!!! Go read a book…… Mandela freed thousands of people, ended appartheid, and created a democratic republic. he didnt kill people, and about the song on youtube where he sings about killing white people….. White people where the cause of ALL the unrest in South Africa at that time, and it was ultimately them that he had to over come. So he sang a song…. WHO CARES…. You can ask any person living in South Africa at this time ( be they white, black, coloured, Indian, Muslem, Christian, Zulu, !Xoza or Malasian) They will ALL tell you that Mandela is the greatest leader South Africa has ever had.

      • Babgess

        Ignorance is bliss
        Yes, thats why everyone is dying to leave and because there are no other heros worth mentioning in the last 50 years. Let’s not forget the 20 000 people who died every year when he took over as president. Not political killings maybe but still flesh and bone people.

      • ftsfa

        He is nothing more than a murderer turned celebrity because of western media, he is a vile man that was a convicted criminal. as for the glorious revolution where he “freed” south africa i was under the impression that south africa is the murder robbery and rape capital of the world, so good luck with that!

  • Miss V

    Posting this list was not a good idea. I think just about every comment is offensive to someone else…. It is also very oppinionated. But if a ton of comments where what you where after, then jippy kayay for you… Too bad its not comments about how great the list is, but rather disagreements and such…. Atleast every one can agree about how bad, bad people are!!

  • honkster7

    Ok , a few others to think about ,

    Shrimad Rajchandra , Jain philosopher , non violence , truth , non possesion ,celibacy , non stealing , karma , altruism , humility , atonement .

    Charles Dickens , social reformer via the novel .

    Alfred Einstein , Primo Levi , Elie Wiesel , Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn , Pablo Picasso . And many many others .

  • Josh Fox

    I don’t think Jesus should be on here, there is debate to whether he existed so It’s pretty controversial. On the other hand great unique list.

  • Wasabi Ninja

    I have to back Anna on this one. There is more record of Jesus (the person) having existed than there is of Socrates, but no one disputes that he was alive. The Romans kept meticulous records so his trial and execution are matters of fact, whether you believe he was the son of God is however one of faith.

    • Anna

      Thank you!!!!

    • leo stewart

      actually, there are no records of jesus being tried by romans sooo your wrong about that one, as a matter of fact outside of the bible there is no proof whatsoever that jesus was real, please “wasabi ninja” do your research before you voice your opinion about something please dont take “something you heard” as fact, doing that just makes the world a dumber place. also we have very few records of romans and there trials, very few that have survived time, and guess what not one single one mentions anyone named jesus, there was alot of messiahs at that time, alot of people claiming to be the son of god, but not one of them named jesus or any derivative of that name, again outside of the bible there is absolutely no proof of jesus

      • athena

        god, you people, you all agree that socrates and alexander the great and plato and everyone else exists, but you just won’t admit that you might be wrong. If Jesus wasn’t a religious icon, you would have no problem.

  • zimmer

    where are you Randall?

    We need you!

    • Randall

      Why? So I can waste hours of my time attempting to instruct the ignorant on matters about which they’ve already made up their mind? It’s one thing to offer my wisdom and learning in order to educate others… but this endless, adolescent BS about Jesus (and the others) not existing, or having been an asshole, etc.—had I more time these days I’d continue to go after nonsense like that, but I get the feeling no one was ever really listening.

      But thank you for thinking of me all the same.

      • bigski

        All bull aside you have to at least answer coolidge….

        • Randall

          Why?

  • Name

    I do not support pedophiles, adulterers or whatever, but what does that have to do with being peaceful ? Both things are not mutually exclusive. Please stay on topic.

  • Babgess

    How convenient that Mandela is portrayed as a man of peace. To begin with, he was arrested and at the Rivonia trial was charged with attempted sabotage. (something most countries would have locked him up for anyway) He is also guilty of signing off the Church street bomb in Pretoria which killed a whole lot of innocent civilians- black and white.
    When he became president, the country started having a murder rate of 20 000 per year- more people were killed in one year than the entire apartheid era.

    Wish the world would get off the common, sheepish dogma about the old fool.

  • babgess

    Why has this list got to be peaceful men- what about individuals like Aung Sun Suu Kyi?

  • leo stewart

    my only problem is that besides the bible, there is no proof whatsoever that jesus was an actual person, no one else in antiquity ever wrote of a person named jesus christ, philosopher or son of god. outside of the bible he doesn’t exist. So thats like saying santa claus should also be on this list, please keep you imaginary friends out of your articles please.

    • Miss V

      That is not true… Jesus is mentioned in many documents besides just the bible. As mentioned earlier, the romans kept great record, and there is even a record saying that Jesus was trailed by Puntius Pilate…. There is also mention of Jesus in various other historical documents of the time, from all over the world… Incase you still dont believe me, check out either of these links or research it yourself!!! Get your facts straight!!! http://www.provethebible.net/T2-Divin/D-0201.htm
      http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=39332

    • Exodiafinder687

      Aww. Why can’t I put my imaginary friends on this list? I was going to suggest adding the respectful atheist who isn’t a total jerk at the mere mention of anything religious. Sometimes I think i’m crazy though. Something that outrageously fake can’t exist even in imagination.

  • Robert

    oh hell no

  • Ben Franklin’s funeral was well attended by the religious leaders of Philadelphia…including the head rabbi of at least ONE of Phildelphia’s synagogues… .

  • Angie

    Wasn’t Ben Franklin a womanizer?

    • Maggot

      A peaceful one.

      • Randall

        Like.

  • Katherine

    Christians? Peaceful? Is that some sort of joke?

    • Exodiafinder687

      I didn’t see Christians on this list anywhere. I think you need to read again.

  • Doug

    2 ways to look at Jesus here. The Jesus of history or the Jesus of the bible.

    There is little evidence for the Jesus of history. Opinions range from he didn’t exist at all to he was a peaceful rebel. Certainly a non-devine Jesus could have been peaceful, but this would also make him a liar and a treasonist who created support using deception. I wouldn’t call that right. In this case his influence would be extremely small in a historical sense but obviously the Jesus of history doesn’t deserve #1 because of the lack of non biblical evidence to support both his existance and how peaceful he was.

    So what if the bible is true and he was devine? This means he is god does it not? The same god who slaughtered thousands of people, many who were helpless children or other innocents, in the Old Testament? Ha not really the most peaceful guy their is

  • AK47

    “In 1961 Mandela became leader of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (translated Spear of the Nation, and also abbreviated MK), which he co-founded. He coordinated sabotage campaigns against military and government targets, making plans for a possible guerrilla war if the sabotage failed to end apartheid. Mandela also raised funds for MK abroad and arranged for paramilitary training of the group.”

  • Hairyjon

    Yea, not sure why JC is number one. Does anyone know how many people have killed and died in the name of Jesus Christ? I shudder to thing of what the actual number is. Though he himself was not the direct cause of bloodshed, his name has been used to site some sickening beliefs that do not lead to harmony.

    • Canuovea

      How many of those people did Jesus kill?

      None? I think that would be correct. Jesus, as a person, was probably a pretty peaceful guy.

      By the way, did you know that Buddha has been used to justify killings as well? Yup. Some monasteries even fielded armed monks as soldiers.

  • Randall

    Okay, I’ll just throw in one thing here…. this was a dumb list which missed the mark on a number of points and supports the notion I’ve always had which is that a Bad List is primarily one that starts out poorly conceptualized. It doesn’t matter from there if it’s opinion or fact, or is well-executed or poorly executed (well, okay, it does matter if it’s poorly executed as well—I’ll give you that). There’s just no saving a list that starts out as a dumb idea. And while a list of “Men (and women?) of Peace” is not a bad idea in itself, it certainly doesn’t work if you don’t even have a decent definition for what you’re talking about.

    Ben Franklin—great man, totally cool. Could be an asshole about some things, but then so can’t we all. But a man of peace? Not the thing that leaps directly to mind when I think of. Not that he was some kind of warmonger–of course not. But he was hardly some symbol of peace.

    Same goes for Socrates. Great philosopher, great thinker, hell of a drinker… but not *particularly* a man of peace, per se.

    Now, with MLK and the Dalai Lama, you’re closer on the money. But Nelson Mandela? No. Again, great man, accomplished a lot, and one might argue kind of became a man of peace and understanding in his later years—but he didn’t become what he became through a life of following peace. (AND again—none of this is meant as an indictment of Mandela, or Franklin, for that matter—these men took action against repressive regimes. Terrorism my ass… probably none of you here have the slightest idea how brutal and oppressive the white South African government was—it was more than just racist, kids—it was one of the fucking nastiest regimes of the 20th century).

    As for Ghandi, a saint he maybe was not. But there’s no question that he did preach a strategy of NON-violence in resisting British rule. His inclusion here is maybe arguable—but I leave that to others to argue about.

    Buddha and Jesus make perfect sense for inclusion on this list. Yes, they were both definitely real people, and the core of their messages is in fact nearly identical. Hating on Christianity (something I frequently understand perfectly well) is one thing, but denying either the Buddha or Jesus for the people they truly were (never mind Jesus’ divinity, which is a matter of personal belief) is just silly and juvenile. And neither is it logical, or historically supportable.

  • efranklin

    I just want to say thanks for including my ancestor Ben Franklin on this list. I think he should be #1 but I’m a little biased.

  • Andy

    There is almost no historical evidence for the existence of Jesus.

    • Notmybacon

      REALLY ????!!!? This is your arguement? In 2000 years (THATS 2000), How many records of your existence will exist? Im guessing that there wont be a religion dedicated to you. “Caucasian”? Being a White man, I WITH CERTAINTY can state that Jesus was not white. Also (and more importantly), CHRISTianity was (is) misinterpretted (sp.) as a peaceful,loving”hippie” movement. When THE Christ turned over gambling tables in the temple, He showed us that there is a time to take arms, to defend, to protect what is right and true. As Christians, we have become placid and calm w/ NO desire to uphold and defend what is TRUE and REAL. WHERE IS OUR INDIGNATION? WHEN DO WE STOP BECOMING MINDLESS SHEEP?

  • Ashley

    Seriously, Jesus is #1? This is just some elitist western Caucasian bias. Their religion is more important and popular so they want to put it in the forefront. Yes, Jesus was supposedly a peaceful man but Christianity and Islam, the religions based on Jesus’ existence, are most definitely not the most peaceful religions. The list is fine but you should have never ranked. These people are all respected for different reasons and causes, who are you to judge which man is the most “peaceful.”

    • Simon

      No, not their religion, but his religion. I would have definitely not put Jesus as number 1, if I had put him on the list at all.

      • Notmybacon

        ONCE AGAIN !!! Bravo !! Peaceful and Right are not always the same thing. Regardless of every disney movie ever made, peace is not always the answer.

  • Daniel

    Alright, just to get it straight, it is accepted by historians that Jesus was a real a man that lived in ancient times. And whether or not his life has been exaggerated by the bible or not, this man revolutionized philosophy and religion, and it is because of him that many people nowadays try to be kind and gentle to follow in his footsteps. And well, to fellow Christians, there’s not much to say is there?

    • Simon

      “Alright, just to get it straight, it is accepted by historians that Jesus was a real a man that lived in ancient times. ”

      Which historians? The majority? Not so.

      Actually, the majority of biblical scholars do not believe the Bible itself provides sufficient evidence of the existence of Jesus. Some will say that it is so mythical that little can be drawn from it to even provide a remotely accurate picture of Jesus if he indeed existed. On top of it all, all documented evidence of his life were written after his death, and therefore their veracity and accuracy are open to questioning.

      • Randall

        In point of fact, yes–a great majority of historians recognize that Jesus was a real person, a real historical figure. This prattle about there not being any evidence for his existence is just that–prattle. There is, in fact, little evidence for the existence of ANYONE in ancient times, unless they were a king or some other kind of important ruler. But evidence for various figures—including Jesus–is incrementally corroborative–that is to say, rather than some direct piece of evidence–a birth certificate, for example—there are a number of coincidental supporting facts, statements, references, and the like which build us a picture of events and people from any given time. There are sufficient such bits to state with a great degree of confidence that Jesus was a real person–just as Socrates was (even though he too never wrote anything in his life and there is no evidence for his existence other than near-contemporaneous reports).

      • Notmybacon

        UuuuUUhhhh…Simon, your wrong, or ignorant, or living in denial, or as I find of most people who dont believe in God (as I percieve from your statement) a complete and totally outcast member of society who was berated by your “parents” and lives for D&D and WoW. de plane…de plane….Welcome to fantasy island.

  • rallierf1

    and the sword he brought indeed!

    Crusades, religious wars

    muslim religion derived from christianity and they accept Jesus as a prophet who failed his task.

    The war and the sword is still ongoing 2000 years after…So he was right… if indeed Jesus knew about it….perhaps he is number one on an other opposing list! Just thinking freely

    • tuco

      u sure more people havent been killed in allah’s name? hes perfect right?hes better? those people live a better life than us right? ur a fag right?

      • Eddy J

        Actually more have been killed in Jesus’s name.

        4000 dead in 911 compared to over 2 million in Iraq/Afghanistan.

        looks like you’re a fag aren’t you.

  • stove

    Oh my God, come on! Morgan Freeman was peaceful? Don’t think so Mister!

  • Kaisa

    While many of these folks wanted peace, a few of them inspired more violence and oppression than anyone could really calculate. Honestly, I find it disappointing that it was even chosen to be posted. Mandela? Serious? I think he was pretty important, however, peace was certainly not his strategy.

  • Dumpnrun

    Yay Jesus

  • Notmybacon

    Bravo !!! Beautiful list. I personally think this article was fantastic.. (Personal hot button topic). Once again, Excellent. We need more of the positive, and this list delivered.

  • WV

    I love how people like to use Josephus as definative proof that Jesus was a living person. First off, it was only one small passage out of all his books on Jewish history that describe a person that could be Jesus. If his miracles were so great and he had such an influence on people that even King Herod wanted him dead from birth, why is there not more written? Josephus was not fond of Herod and wrote many pages of Herod’s misdeads, but nothing relating to Herod’s hatred of Christ.

    Second, the English version of this one passage differs greatly from the Hebrew. As with most translations, they were done by Christian scholars. Even the Arabic verson was translated by an Arabic Christian.

    Lately, there is a literal silence from other writers of the time, like Justus of Tiberius, Apollonius and Pliny the Elder ith no mention of Christ.

    Here is a link with more information, NOT Wikipedia, that is a digital copy of a book written by John E. Remsberg (written 1909) on the subject of Christ’s existance.

    http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/rmsbrg02.htm

  • Don Salvatore

    Yet more people have been killed in Jesus’s name than any other.

    • tuco

      are you sure it isnt allah? muslims are way more evil. You’re just a pussy liberal that wants to smoke weed every day and be a little bitch. You kiss ass.

      • Canuovea

        I’m not sure its a matter of more or less, but… when you consider how Europeans often used god to excuse their colonialism (Like the Spanish), then… I’m not sure, but despite the masses killed in the name of Allah… Then again, Jesus and Allah and Yahweh are all supposed to actually be the same thing.

      • nick

        “You’re just a pussy liberal that wants to smoke weed every day and be a little *****”

        Yeah and that isn’t ad hominem in the slightest.
        You know using such crude methods of argument make you soundquite primitive.

      • Toby blue

        and you are a fat racist f**k who sit around and judge an entire religion that lived for hundreds of years by being evil. Bitch please!!

  • hirro

    JESUS CHRIST?!!!



    jesus christ…

  • tuco

    what proof do any of you have that jesus wasnt real? show it to me..your all so busy saying he wasnt real..so let me know. Ya that’s what i thought.

  • Jillson

    where is Mohammed? isnt islam the religion of peace? LMAO

  • momosword

    how is siddhartha not #1?

    • derp

      Because the right wing christian fundamentalist owner of this edited the article to suit his opinion.

  • @mamby

    are you trying to abuse ‘100 most influential people in history’?
    the most peaceful men respect that same list… If you are a specialist, you need to digg more!

  • Whatter

    Godamnit I’m sick of how Jfrater always injecting his fundamentalist agenda into this site.
    I know its you’re site, but the quality of it is really starting to suck because you are so incapable of being objective about anything.

  • anonymous

    Buddha was more peaceful than Franklin and so was Muhammad.

  • Peter Van Kan

    There are people who believe Jesus lived on earth because they have invested so much in that belief.
    There those who say there is no proof that he lived and so probably didn’t because they don’t like believing things.
    And there are those that actually studied early christianity and so were able to form an opnion worth something on the subject. It’s a minority.
    FYI No, there is no definite proof that what Jamie says about Jesus is true. He is correct however in stating that the general concensus among scholars is that he (Jesus that is) did live and teach, was baptised and crucified.
    Of course there are always people that will insist that their opiion on Flavus Josephus etc. is worth moe than decades of intense linguistic, cultural and archeological research. Well, peace to them, too.

  • killerintuition

    okay ive always wanted to ask someone this how do you know that jesus or gautam budh actually existed okay scripts are there but that could also be an old fools imagination running amock

    • ustupidgaijin

      Gautama Buddha’s existence is fairly well documented in spiritual and non-spiritual texts. The same cannot be said so for Jesus. There exists a lot of literary pretext regarding his teachings and the so-called Life of Jesus, but no real historical documents from the alleged period exist to corroborate his physical birth, lifetime or death.

  • ustupidgaijin

    List is inaccurate. Since you ranked Jesus on the list, it’s worth mentioning that Christianity has about as many followers as Islam.

  • Dave

    Why the heck is Mandela on the same list as Confucius, Gandhi, MLK and Jesus?

    And while I’m commenting, saying that Jesus wasn’t god is sensible, but saying that he didn’t exist makes you sound like a moron.

  • Justices

    You will get Zero Marks for history

    • eduardo jaramillo

      lol

  • Parker

    what about John Lennon????

  • fer

    yeah jesus wasn’t very peaceful, he messed up those money changers. and he wrecked that fig tree too

  • Swanbow

    Nelson Mandela peaceful? You gotta be joking me. He authorised terrorist attacks on civilian targets and is responsible for hundreds of innocent deaths. He was put in jail for having explosives and being in charge of various terrorist attacks. On top of that he waged civil war against the Zulu backed Inkatha Freedom Party killing thousands. Remember Winnie Mandela’s ‘with our necklaces we will liberate the nation’? Well that was due to the ANC putting a tire around the necks of those who opposed them, mainly zulus and whites, and setting it alight with petrol. The man is nothing but a terrorist.

  • Vicky

    hallo mister author i think it would have been better for all of us, including you, if you had made some sort of research before placing the name of Gandhi at No. 4. Have you read his past or see what kind of man he was. You just mentioned that he walked for months by foot for his countrymen, but tell me what was the religion of those countrymen? The majority was Hindus, and he did nothing for other religion-believers especially the Muslims. Just tell me have you read the role of Muhammed Ali Jinnah during the independence era of sub-continent? And if not, then tell me how can you ignore such a personality who was the messiah of millions of Muslims at the time.

    Jinnh did not break the India, it was your beloved Gandhi who did not want to see the Muslims ruling on the major Muslim states of India and who did not want to see them sitting in the parliament besides them.

    J

    innah was agreed on the 1946 partition plan provided by the Cabinet Mission, but the Gandhi himself refused it, thus it was the Gandhi who is responsible for the breakage of India and not the Jinnah. You can read all of these facts in the book of Juswant Singh who is a renowned politician and who has written a book about the Jinnah in which he has mentioned that Jinnah was more great that what the Gandhi was.

    You even did not mention the name of Prophet Muhammed. Oh yeah, i can understand you have taken this list from a book written by a fanatic writer who don’t want to face the truth. Do you really think that the Prophet of this more than 1.5 billion Muslims was such a bad person. If yes then tell me how can these billions of Muslim love him so much that they remain always ready to be killed for him. Those who say that the Islam was spread on the force of sword would please tell me that why your own people are accepting it eagerly.

    Are they being harassed by al-Qaeda or by the Taliban? No, my dear it is just the miracle of Quran. the same book you write as Koran with hate and the same book about which you say that was written by Warqa bin Nofal who was a Christian. the truth is a book like Quran cannot be written by a man. it is the biggest miracle of the Allah.

    you are so stupid that you even say that Allah and God are two different personalities. i read it in a comment that was written by a person who did not use good language about the Allah, but that stupid was unaware that Allah and God are the same personalities, and it is just the difference of language.

    • Canuovea

      Vicky,

      Gandhi is a recognized name when it comes to promoting peaceful protest. Non-violence, etc. This list is about peaceful people. Gandhi certainly deserves a mention.

      Muhammed Ali Jinnah, while interesting, seems more like a counterpart to Nehru, not Gandhi.

      Again, this list is about peaceful people. Muhammad wasn’t one. Sure, he was what many would claim as a “great man” or a “good man” but a peaceful one? No. He may have established peace, but he used violence.

      So, who is more peaceful? Muhammad or Jesus? Jesus: Threw people out of a temple and killed a fig tree. Muhammad: Lead a Holy War. This doesn’t mean that Islam is a worse religion than Christianity, just that Jesus was more peaceful.

      As for the thing about the Quran not being written by a man… well, I think the Lord of the Rings is pretty awesome too, but I’m not going to start assuming things about Tolkien!

  • Vicky

    Yeah man Jesus is (not was cos he is still alive) a true messenger of God, and we Muslims also have faith in Him and we can’t be a Muslim if we don’t show faith in him. His name is mentioned in the Quran with the names of many other messengers like Mosses, David, Abraham and many others. He is a fictional, but a real personality. Plz respect Him, he is one of the best.

  • Babgess
  • la fiamma

    You forgot Pope John Paul II….

  • Gordon Kerr (China)

    Nice idea and positive change to focus on the good – Glad you included Baha’u’llah founder of the Baha’i religion, who suffered almost 40 years of imprisonment and exile for his teachings on peace and reconciliation between the races. The photograph you have included is actually that of his son ‘Abdu’l-Baha who shared his fathers lifetime of imprisonment and exile but was the first, on release from captivity at the age of 66 was the first to bring his fathers teachings to the west.

  • Jack

    wow …. so you are Gandhi’s son ?!!

  • Jack

    @ connor …

  • Shakeel

    No offence to any other faith or person on this forum, but why wasnt the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) included at all on this list? He undoubtedly had the same if not a grater effect than many of those listed above, and would rank Equal to Jesus Christ(PBUH) in influence over the people of the world.

  • Castelo

    As usual, only a westerner would put Jesus in 1st place.

    lol

    Stupid persons

  • Wht the heack does PBUH mean? I saw it twice in somwone else’s comment.

  • Peaceful is right… their all dead :)

  • Yarl

    The Dalai Llama owned slaves and Ghandi (righteously) hated niggers.

    • Vincent

      Correct, and under the Lama’s rule, peasant’s life savings were given to him and Tibetan’s are not allowed to wash clothes. Also, slaves conditions were so harsh that they were reported to have eaten the feces of a Chinese innkeeper on the Dalai’s visit to China a long time ago.

  • goldstreaker

    why is jose rizal not included in this list? rizal is an inspiration for gandhi.

  • Vincent

    It would be interesting to add, that the Dalai Lama is has been in exile from Tibet for 60 years now. He is now living in a hamlet in India occasionally persuading foreign leader’s(but no China’s) to “free Tibet”. Which, according to the Chinese media(where I am now) has been free from “imperialism” for sixty years now.

  • Patrick

    Jesus never preached Hate. He was all about love sometimes he’s too righteous but then again he’s the fucking son of God or so he says but he never did nothing wrong.

  • it

    Where the hell are Muhammad Buddha? And why is Bengeman Franklin in here? He was a good man but he supported war and he kept slaves…

  • vermilionskin

    Greatest or most peaceful people in the world should be the scientist who dedicated their entire life for the discoveries of cures that saved millions of lives…

  • eduardo jaramillo

    Well… an interesting list to say the least… It was nice to see a list like this after sifting through the many lists on this site about horrible people, serial killers, and mass murderers. I was a bit perplexed to see Ben Franklin pop up at number nine, seeing as I’ve always admired him, but never seen him as one of the top ten peaceful men of all time (although his abolitionist and pro-native american sentiments are commendable). I had never heard of number ten (although I have heard about the baha’i religion), but otherwise had heard of all of these men. Although the list isn’t perfect, I think the fact that Jesus and Confucios are one and two respectively is pretty accurate actually, and also that the Dalai Llama and MLK should definitely be there.

  • Davi

    Where is Jiddu Krishnamurti?

  • vermilionskin

    For those attacking Islam, all religions are violent, go and watch the God Delusion by Richard Hawkins, the old testament has more violent texts than the Quran, in fact, I’m sure NONE of you read the Quran, because if you did, you would have seen the similarities between the Quran, bible and the old testament; I have read all of them! Christians killed more than anyone else during the middle ages in the name of religion, who killed millions of Jews!, Muslims invaded other countries and killed in the name of religion! so go and do some reading, all religions are equally guilty! why we do all need religions int he first place, more divisions and groups and more reasons to hate.

    • Gabryel

      i know you love allah . but you dont have to lie about the hisotyr of other religions . besides . the quran is much shorter book and most of they story is copied from the bible . goliath , noah , moses ,jesus etc ..

  • Logic

    Putting Jesus on this list is like putting Frodo on a list of influential historical figures.

  • Gabryel

    gosh . im saddened . what did jesus do to you that you hate him so much ? the world is getting more evil and sinful . RESPECT – evrybody !!i know its hard for you (non-believers) to belive that jesus is a historical figure , but he is . theres just few evidence of him there are pots and other things which shows depiction of jesus (i.e. long haired long bearded man ) thats why in this common days thats how we interpret him . and tell me a few good reasons he shouldnt be number one on this list .

  • Dedu

    Excuse me… JESUS CHRIST?
    Yeah you just totally ruined that list. Won’t even start mentioning why. Nice job. Jackass.

  • Fahad Ul Alam

    Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) should be on the list

  • thatguy

    Bogus list. Jesus history is about 30% reality and 70% fiction.

  • Jake

    Jesus Christ didn’t even exist. What a joke.

  • Ray

    With all due respect, i think prophet Muhammed should have been on the list… Iam an atheist but you guys should read his history and all the good he did during an era of ignorance. Pretty cool stuff.

  • AxisSchaden

    I’m pretty sure that the one who created this list is a christian

  • Eoin

    I am surprised John Hume is not in the list after bringing Ireland’s Troubles to an end

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  • ian

    I’m a moslem but I’m personally 90% agreed with the list above. I think Prophet Mohammad not should be included on the list, because he lead some wars against enemies. Prophet Mohammad is truly a prophet chosen by God, and he lead wars as self defence, but by the criteria of peaceful (pacifism) I think it’s hard to placed him on this list. There are many other moslem scholars who spread their influece without war. I hope somebody out there make a list of peaceful moslem scholars as well.

    I agree 90% on this list, but with different numbering:

    10.idem
    9.idem
    8.Nelson Mandela
    7.Idem
    6.Socrates
    5.Dalai Lama
    4.Jesus Christ
    3.Gandhi
    2.Confucius
    1.Siddhartha Gautama

  • human

    the first one should be mohammed peace be upon him

  • Adam

    Dalai Lama?! He’s a horrible person!

  • Kane

    There is no solid credible proof Jesus existed. but if the muslims dont worship him, why would they lie? Whether or not christ existed is 50/50, but does it really matter? He is a very inspirational character, i mean, Robin Hood probably didnt exist, but his message is important anyway.

    One way or another, I feel sorry for Jesus, such a kind, generous man who was unfortunatly corrupted by Marduk’s demands for obediance. Such as we all are forced to obey him, too scared to fight for freedom. Hail Satan, may chaos rise again

  • Phil

    Almost everythng you said about Socrates is completely wrong, and I am guessing that you took it from Wikipedia or something. If you want to see how peaceful Socrates is read the Gorgias where Socrates is invited to Callicles house and proceeds to insult everybody there. He ends by calling Callicles a catamite, which means he takes it up the bum, and likes it.
    Also many, many of Socrates arguments are not only unsound, but invalid as well. Read the critiques of writing in the Phaedrus for evidence of this.
    Finally, Socrates is a CHARACTER in Platonic pialogues. No a single thing said in them can be attributed to an actual Socrates, except maybe the Apology which seems to match what Xenophon says.
    Read Aristohanes Clouds for a completely different look at Socrates. It is a hilarious play about Socrates appearing the same as sophists, which Plato destroys in many Dialogues.
    I will finish by saying I am a masters Philosophy student doing my thesis on Plato, so maybe you should do some research before posting because there is evidence that Socrates is guilty of everything he is accused of. If you have read any Plato then you have done so without any seriousness, but I believe you took what you said off of Wikipedia. Here is some literature you might want to chech out:

    Reading Plato by Thomas Szlezak
    Plaotnic Anonymity by Ludwig Edelstein
    Why Plato Wrote Dialogues by Drew Hyland
    The Summoner Approach: A New Method of Platonic Approach

    P.S. Based on your knowledge of Plato I can only assume every other thing you said is false, and I will not be finishing your article.

  • Toby blue

    what? Jesus Christ is first on the list? dude you gotta do more reading. it should’ve been the prophet Mohammed

    • tobyblue=idiot

      lol…do you know anything about Mohammed? There is a good reason he isn’t on this list. lol. HILARIOUS.

      • sammy

        ignorance is a bliss when it comes to the eastern civilizations. I am pretty sure that all you know about mohammed comes from biased media or biased writers I suggest you try to find out the truth for yourself instead of being sppon fed whatever thay want you to know.

  • Eddy J

    Yes Jesus probably was the worlds most peaceful man BUT his adherents don’t seem to be, from fighting during the crusades to today’s energy wars in the middle east….millions murdered, all in his name.

  • gaterfoko

    Name

  • Aaron

    Luke 14:26 – If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple.

    Luke 22:36 – He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.

    Matthew 10:34 – Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

    Interpret it as you will, but either Jesus wasn’t intelligent enough to realize some people would take that literally, or he actually meant it literally, in which case he is exempt from this list of peaceful people.

  • Aaron

    Luke 14:26 – If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple.

    Luke 22:36 – He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.

    Matthew 10:34 – Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

    Interpret it as you will, but either Jesus wasn’t intelligent enough to realize some people would take that literally, or he actually meant it literally, in which case he is exempt from this list of peaceful people.

  • sj

    jesus christ got violent

    • SaturdaySportsman

      Yeah, but he was beating bankers with a whip, so it’s not really that bad…

  • stupidlist

    wayy too much focus on Jesus (who was as real as anyone, if you believe he was the son of God or not is up to you, anyone who compares him to Santa needs to get educated)
    Nelson Mandela was NOT peaceful at all? I don’t understand why more people aren’t focused on this?

  • warror

    Budha you idiot

  • I’d probably put Siddhartha at 1 just because I’ve never heard of a crusade or war being fought in his name. Nobody says “Buddha is on our side” when going to war.

    Hmmm…

    Do they?

  • Grayson Pulis

    The people who think Jesus was not peaceful make me laugh. If you accept that he was real and performed the acts as recorded in the Bible then there is no dispute. Not only is he peaceful he is the greatest man who ever lived. End of Story.

  • Lenore1212

    Where is Thoreau?? His philosophy inspired Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
    What about Tolstoy?

  • I am who i am

    Guys, guys, guys..really..!! really..!!…REALLY.!!!
    Is it how we’re supposed to live on this planet…
    I dont know who is who and i dont even care about your religious views..
    All i care is that we should love each other, respect each other, share with each other and help each…learn from one another…stay together no matter what happens…you believe…!!! im very happy you do..you dont believe..! its ok you’re still my neighbour, my friend i will still help you when you need help. Jesus was a good teacher. Some consider him as best friend, some as a guide, some as God or son of god, others as the one and only one..but some dont care while others. …!! i dont even mention.. what to say..we dont have same thoughts, same opinion, same color, same religious, same heart but our blood is of the same color RED.!!!
    this can go all the way wizout an end.!
    dont drag religious views into it…
    Peace be upon earth
    We dont want any war
    evas eht dlrow

  • Toby blue

    Jesus Christ is first? how can a man who…you i shouldn’t make fun of him cuz was an good man and i respect that, but not sure he deserves the first spot…how about Mohamed?

    • Metis

      I suppose Mohamed could have been on the list be he has all that “personally hacking off the heads of hundreds of people” that might not be considered too peacefull. Not that Jesus is much better, he adopted the “torturing people who disagree with me for eternity” into his teachings (or at least that’s what the Bible tells us).

      • Sam

        I just want to know where you actually read that he personnaly hacked off the heads of hundreds of people. I just need to source of that statement or is this the fox news blog.

  • Pubisj

    Isn’t the idea of peace a construct based on the idea that hegemony and the state restricting the voilence done to its own citizens. So, would think Jesus should not be on this list, because he had neither state or hegemony. Also I think ideology reflects that christianity and confusionism have had the strictest formulations of voilence done through voilence. Socrates introducing morality, we have learned through structuralism and post-structuralism that morality and justice have concretely been some of the more voilent acts that humanity relies upon.

  • reva

    there are fundamental activities in india and those ppl killed gandhi, either you are one of them or have influenced by them somehow..

  • Süleyman

    M.Kemal Atatürk neden yok?

    • Maria

      HE FINISHED THE IDEA OF KHILAFAT FOR GOD SAKE! Do not include him in good guys!

      • Max Proud Anti-Theist Ex Muslim

        Well thank GOODNESS he got rid of that f*cked up thing created by a f*cked up pedophile. Stupidd sl*t.

  • Hoagie

    I think Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) deserves a place in this list, if not at no. 1.
    I’ve read quite a few books that state and talk about Muhammad’s generosity and kindness. Yes, there are wars that were fought, but there are also accounts of great forgiveness.
    P.S. whichever site that you use to collect information about Prophet Muhammad and his life, please make sure it has authentic information. Already there are plenty of misconceptions about Islam and the Prophet and I want that you definitely share the real picture.
    Thanks and nice list nevertheless. Could you link me to the Socratic way of arguments?

  • Hoagie

    Search up the Prophet Muhammad’s accounts of generosity and kindness. Please make sure whichever you use has authentic information and isn’t biased in any way. Thanks man. Nice list nevertheless and link me to the Socratic way of arguments pleaaaase.

  • elli

    No wonder why i found this list under the most talked about lists. If politics and or religion is involved the subject turns into a never ending shit storm. I believe that Jesus deserves #1. I am a christian but that isn’t why. You don’t have to be a christian to believe he was real, no more than you have to be German to believe Adolf Hitler was real. I respect everyone’s beliefs either it be atheist, Jewish, Hindu, or Musslim. But you cannot deny that the teachings or Jesus influenced many people to seek a better life style, people look down at Christianity because of the things that christian say or do, but this list is about Jesus not Christians.

  • Just because you haven’t heard of somebody doesn’t make him/her less influential. Get back the original list, because this list is clearly biased.

  • yoman

    @connor how the hell you say gandhi slept with naked girls? It was his own grandniece he slept with. Furthermore, he wanted to show people that he is not interested in his sex life. Look at the good points in a person you dickhead. He used non violence and he inspired Dr.martin luther king.

  • dianaprincess

    Who doesn’t love the Dalai Lama? <3

  • Samson

    I completly disagree with number one. A: religion is well argued as the number one cause of war(especially christians) B: christianity promoted arrogances and stopped further developments in peace keeping and goverments. he(asuming he exists) is the cause of war and suffering,whether he wwanted it or not.

  • melina

    Goodness people. Saying that Jesus Christ should not be at #1 because religion is a huge cause of war? And whose fault is that? Jesus, who preached about peace and loving your neighbor as yourself and loving God more than anything, or the religious fanatics who don’t actually read or follow the bible and go out killing people they deem unrighteous? Don’t blame the acts of idiots on the Bible or Jesus, it’s teachings are essential to leading a happy life. The problem is that most people dont’ apply them, and they buy into all these false doctrines such as hellfire and Christmas and the majority of holidays and sound crazy. If people would actually sit down and read the bible and reason on it along with historical documents, they would see that the Bible is historically accurate. But people don’t actually want to understand the Bible, really seek God or find truth, they want things to be easy and convenient for them, which is why most people don’t turn to God or start to hope in his existence until they have experienced some sort of tragedy in their life. So stop whining and complaining and actually go find some answers

  • melina

    What an ignorant comment. By saying “hate” in this case in the Bible, he is meaning “to love less” So basically he’s saying, if you do not love your family and friends and your own soul less than you love me, then you cannot be my disciple because you are not ready to be self sacrificing. Please don’t quote the bible, and you yourself are lumping yourself with stupid people who would take that literally.

    When he said he didn’t come to make peace, he came to divide, he meant that is what would happen, the second you try and become spiritual and change your life, your friends cast you away and start mocking you, so it does divide, but it doesn’t matter if you find truth and live your life the way you’re meant to. do research please into the greek scriptures and what greek translations meant! Don’t just take out of context and not provide what else is said with those scriptures.

  • Deborah M

    Glad you mentioned Bahaullah however Ben Franklin had a thing for the ladies and took full advantage of the defenseless African ones around him. Sorry but it’s time for us in America to stop drinking the kool aid about the forefathers who raped and abused the slaves under their care. Ben was not a good guy to all nor was George Washington who was such a miserable master that some of his slaves fought against him in the Revolutionary War. One was Deborah Squash. It’s one thing to talk about freedom and equality but to do it in the company of your slaves serving you tea and the other one giving birth to your children. Come on now! Remember all of this was done on Native Indian land.

  • Joe

    Because His coming brought about and would continue to bring about the persecution of Christians till He comes back for us. And also at the time the Romans were oppressing the Jews and most look forward to Jesus as they did to other self acclaimed messiahs before him as a savior of the land of Israel and not their souls. Even His disciples didn’t understand this till after His resurection and the in filling of the Holy Spirit.

  • Islam {IBM}

    Firstly Prophet Muhammed {PBUH} deserves to have a place in this list and not any place but he deserves the first place

    and whoever want a proof you can visit this link
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_100
    and if you realized the person who wrote this book is a christian

  • Daniel

    not to dispute Jesus, but Christianity is not the most widespread religion (as they are broken up into different sects and more often then not believe others to be different to them for one reason or another, see Protestants V Catholics), the winner of most widespread religion is the Muslims, then Hindi’s and then Buddhists.

    • Maria

      I agree with you. People say that Islam (Muslim religion) is second is abundance, but quite truly, Christianity is not playing fair. (NO OFFENSE). The most in abundance right now are Muslims!

  • Mihail Stacanov

    There is not Baha’u’llah. That is Abdul-Baha – his son. Baha’u’llah’s picture is restricted to distribute for Baha’is

  • Sean

    Where’s John Lennon and Yoko?

  • Atanu

    Sorry, you have two great misses. You did not mention the name of the great Indian ruler Ashoka, the Great of 3rd Century B.C. He is revered as the most noble among all the kings by the British Historian H.G. wells. He is perhaps the only general in the world who had shown remorse by winning a battle (the battle of Kalinga, mordern Orissa). His edicts speak of his great vision,- democracy, tolerance, peaceful co-existence, public utility and an environmental consciousness. Also, you did not mention Pharaoh AKhenton, the great humanistic Pharoah of ancient Egypt.

  • atanu

    Sorry, Japanese precisely said this when they embarked on their invasion in the Second World War. There was hot debate between Tagore , the Indian poet when Noguchi, the Japanese asked his favour for praying in favour of the invading Japan.

  • jacob lender

    Good list these all great mens are really inspiring for coming generation. they should read more about these peoples, so that they can develop in good human being.
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  • Maria

    I don’t have time to read all the comments, and i really don’t know what people have said here. But one thing, AS A HISTORIAN, i am surprised at; How come you didn’t include MUHAMMAD ALI JINNAH? Whenever we discuss the name of Gandhi, we bring into question the independence of Pakistan as well. Gandhi had been to jail SEVERAL times, whereas Mr. Jinnah founded a WHOLE nation without going to Jail once, protesting and by only sitting around a table and discussing. I suggest you look into this further, because frankly, more than Gandhi, Jinnah was peaceful. :)

  • LavendR

    1. there’s debate whether Jesus actually existed
    2. “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword.”
    3. if he did exist, he took a hissy fit on the money-changers in the temple
    4. more violence has been done by his “followers” than can ever be truly calculated.

  • SaturdaySportsman

    The list should include Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers).

  • Jill

    I liked your list! All of those men were good people. Many of those commenters are just cynical and need to look at the all the good in the world.

  • Max Proud Anti-Theist Ex Muslim

    It’s called f*cking hadiths mate. Go read about your stupid “prophet” all the atrocities that he committed in the name of his fake moon god.

  • Shadow Evanesence

    They never mentioned that Buddha abandoned his wife and kids..

  • The former Muslim

    One should truly examine Jesus’s ‘teaching’ and his so called ‘positive’ impact on the world. His death was of great joy as it sealed his dishonest lips but sadly his lies were very great as he was the master of lies, his dishonesty and filth spread like a cancer and damaged the world to a great extent.

  • Maria

    I’m quite intrigued by all this conversation! I’m glad to know there are people out there who have an open mind and that this debate is a friendly one, because usually it isn’t.

    Honestly, i didn’t read the whole thing but i know one thing; it is not necessary that peaceful men are people who do not fight. Peaceful men are people who want peace and try to go to lengths to achieve it. Islam is a religion of peace. I agree with the person who gave the example that if a person is trying to kill you and you have a loaded gun in your hand, you would definitely defend yourself, whether peaceful or not, for you are Human, and that is your nature. Muhammad (PBUH) was a human too.
    Do you not see that fact that Muhammad (PBUH) was preaching a religion that only permitted you to fight when ABSOLUTELY necessary? When no negotiations were possible or when NOT fighting meant there was harm to you or your loved ones? Well Muhammad (PBUH) loved his religion, and he asked his God for permission to defend the thing he loved! Just because he did that, does not mean he is not peaceful.

    And as far as someone said about the irony of Jizya (taxes) and interest on loans being Haram (taboo), I believe that is something i cannot answer, because for now i think that is something weird. It is ironic! Nevertheless, i will research on it further and ask my Islamic teachers. All i know is that interest on loans is prohibited because it is unlawfully earned money. Islam teaches us not to take advantage of people who are in need. Isn’t that what loans are?

    And yes, Islam was spread by the sword, but more that that, it was because Muhammad (PBUH) was an excellent role model. Many nations were impressed by his POSITIVE attributes, mainly sincerity, trustworthiness and for being merciful. But we must all remember that he was only human, and did make mistakes, and had human nature. Therefore, i believe that there was an equal balance between the wars (here i say wars and not wars fought in self defense because some wars were initiated I THINK) and the peace.

    P.S. Please note that i am only 12 years old, and still am learning about religions. So you must pardon me for some things.

  • anthony

    wow, where is prophet muhammad

    • Maria

      I know right! He was the most peaceful man i knew! :/

  • sam

    buddha was without rejection most peaceful man in world ,,, and i can proudly say he was born in my country “NEPAL” . but i wonder why ghandi is in this list

  • Fabio

    Jesus owns all these guys on the list

    the jews hated him and for that, through the history they are still paying the price , even today

  • SB_Australia

    Gandhi…pedophile?

  • Junior

    I suppose sleeping alongside naked adolescent girls is considered pedophilia. But from what little I’ve read, Ghandi briefly practiced this to test himself in temptation. Why this was a temptation to him is another story. I don’t approve and nor did his friends and family to whom he was honest about this, so he ceased. Robin Williams does a funny piece on him, basically saying as beatific as Ghandi has become, there’s some guy in a bar in Bombay saying, “I knew Ghandi, he was a prick.”

  • giggs

    where is the name of Muslims prophet i found him NO.1 if you know about history u can fount it also ………………….

    it doesn’t mean i m Muslim ………. i m Marxist but i cant deny with his greatness

    • Maria Rahman

      I agree with you completely!

  • TraneMan

    #10 that is not a picture of Bah’u’llah this his son Abdu’l Baha