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The Most Powerful Religious Leaders

 by Bennett Gordon

Tags: Spirituality, Politics, religion, Foreign Policy,

Pastor Rick WarrenIn a list of people who would make atheists like Christopher Hitchens and Bill Maher sick with rage, Foreign Policy has compiled the five most powerful religious leaders in the world. The Pope makes an appearance, but more for his power over Italian politics than for his theological pull. And Pastor Rick Warren, head of the 23,000-member Saddleback megachurch congregation and author of the bestselling book The Purpose Drive Life, also makes an appearance, after hosting Obama and McCain in their first joint appearance as the presumptive presidential nominees.

All five leaders may have their critics, but they’re certainly better than the five worst religious leaders that Foreign Policy listed back in April.

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