". . . but he is also by far the most influential figure in history. So much so that the world uses the year of his birth as the central reference point in keeping track of historical time. His thoughts are deemed so profound that his every single recorded word has been carefully numbered and his every known utterance analyzed in innumerable books and treatises. More books have been written about him than about any other historical personage. The number of times he has been depicted in painting and sculpture exceeds by an order of magnitude the depictions of all the other great men combined. His ideas have shaped western civilization to such an extent that it has been called Christendom and his pronouncements defined the way people across the world understand concepts such as love, mercy, justice, friendship, charity and sacrifice."
Read the rest of this excellent piece at The American Thinker.