Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Solomon, Hosea, Isaiah, Hillel, Maimonides, Rashi, Spinoza, Freud, Einstein, Hammurabi, Cyrus, Homer, Hesiod, Thales, Herakleitos, Solon, Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides, Socrates, Plato, Thucydides, Xenophon, Aristotle, Archimedes, Alexander, Scipio, Virgil, Gaius Gracchus, Caesar, Hadrian, Julian, K’ung Fu-tse (Confucius), Lao-Tse, Meng-tse (Mencius), Qin Shi Huang-Ti, Sun-tzu, Sun Yat-Sen, Deng Xiaoping, Katsushika Hokusai, Tokugawa Iyesu, Omar Khayyam, ibn Sīnā (Avicenna), Gautama, Ashoka, Gandhi.
The humility of the truly great men of history was revealed in their recognition of the power and might of Jesus to save all who call on His great name.
And the arrogant provincialism of Rick Perry was revealed in his belief that “the truly great men of history” all shared his religious convictions. This ought to remind Jews tempted to join forces with conservatives that, in the minds of the dominant faction of the GOP, we are merely honorary whites. But it won’t.
Everyone who cares about the Consitutional order ought to recognize Perry’s move for what it is: a call for a completely sectarian campaign for the Presidency. It will be very interesting to see who comes and who doesn’t. Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa apparently wants to think it over.
Naturally, Perry doesn’t believe that there have been any great women, so I’ve left them out. Apologies if I’ve omitted your hero or included someone you despise. I’ve omitted Newton and Lincoln as dubious cases, and many others due to my ignorance of (e.g.) Hindu, African, Persian, and Arabic history and culture.
UPDATE Corrections made per comments.