Making the list
I'm not going to debate whether lists of "the best" or "the worst" are valuable or destructive. Americans like lists of bests and worsts. So there. The Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly made a list of "the 25 most influential religious figures of the 20th century, from the point of view of Americans," and invited Peter Steinfels, Phyllis Tickle and me to comment.
Let me start controversially by saying that the following were not controversial choices, in the views of Steinfels, Tickle and Marty:
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