Top 10 Greatest Comebacks Of All Time

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In choosing ten comebacks as the greatest of all-time some standard was necessary such an auspicious list.  My criteria involved two elements and within each element a measurement was used.  The elements were the nature of the setback and the prominence of the comeback.  The measurement for each was simply the greatness of the span between the setback and the comeback.  There have been many great comebacks in history.  This book is devoted to the concept that there can be many more.  But there are certain comebacks that simply stand apart from all others because of their true greatness.

10.  Robert Downey Jr.

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Robert Downey Jr. had a great amount of success at a young age.  He starred in a number of films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in the 1992 film Chaplin.  After this promising start he began to face problems in his personal life.  From 1996-2001, he was arrested numerous times on drug related charges.  In April 1996 he was arrested for possession of cocaine, marijuana and an unloaded .357 magnum while speeding down Sunset Boulevard.  He was sentenced to three years probation and required to undergo mandatory drug testing.

That first arrest did not stop his destructive behavior.  A year later he missed a court-ordered drug test and had to spend four months in the Los Angeles County jail.  Even jail time failed to change his behavior, and in 1999 he missed another drug test and was sentenced to three years at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, California.

He received a big break when he was unexpectedly released early for previous time served in 1996.  Unfortunately, his addiction was too strong and he was arrested yet again the next year for possession of cocaine and valium.  In July, 2001 he pleaded no-contest to the charges but avoided jail time because of California’s Proposition 36, which was aimed at helping non violent drug offenders to overcome addiction through court-ordered rehabilitation.

Downey told Oprah in 2004 that he finally decided he needed help and reached out for it.  He said, “You can reach out for help in a kind of half-assed way and you’ll get it and you won’t take advantage of it.  It’s not that difficult to overcome these seemingly ghastly problems…what’s hard is to decide to actually do it.”  After five years of setbacks, he decided he was going to have a comeback.

While he managed to stay employed with small projects throughout his battle with drug addiction, it was in 2008 when his career comeback really solidified.  He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Tropic Thunder.  He landed the lead role in the movie Iron Man and Entertainment Weekly named him “Entertainer of the Year.” In addition, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2008.

He now has the lead role in two widely successful movie franchises, Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes.  In 2010 his role as Sherlock Holmes earned him a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture.   Downey is one of the most popular and sought after actors in Hollywood solidifying his comeback.  He has also started a foundation to help others.

9.  Josh Hamilton

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Josh Hamilton was the first overall pick in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, receiving a $3.96 million signing bonus.  He was an unlikely candidate for a future drug addict; unfortunately, adversity struck his life and young career in the form of numerous injuries.  In 2001, he was involved in a car accident that placed him on injured reserve.  In his first three seasons, he missed a total of two hundred and thirty-six games because of injuries.  During this time he self-medicated with the destructive coping mechanisms of drugs and alcohol.  As a result, Hamilton tested positive for substance abuse, was suspended, and put into a treatment program.

However, this did not stop his addictive behavior.  In 2004, Major League Baseball suspended him indefinitely for violating the joint drug treatment and prevention program.  At this point he had become a full blown addict, the substance abuse that initially begun while he was trying to cope with the injuries that stalled his promising career had become the agent of his career destruction.  His depression worsened.  Finally in 2005, he hit rock bottom, waking up on his grandmother’s doorstep after what would be his final crack cocaine binge.  Hamilton had experienced a gigantic setback and his future was very dim.

He chose a road that led to recovery and his comeback in baseball.  In an ESPN article about his story he describes his comeback as, “it’s a God thing.  It’s the only possible explanation.”  In that same article he describes two dreams that encompass his journey back from addiction.

“I was fighting the devil, an awful-looking thing.  I had a stick or a bat or something and every time I hit the devil, he’d fall and get back up.  Over and over I hit him, until I was exhausted and he was still standing.

I woke up in a sweat, as if I’d been truly fighting and the terror that gripped me makes that dream feel real to this day.  I’d been alone for so long, alone with the fears and emotions I worked so hard to kill.  I’m not embarrassed to admit that after I woke up that night, I walked down the hall to my grandmother’s room and crawled under the covers with her.  The devil stayed out of my dreams for seven months after that.  I stayed clean and worked hard and tried to put my marriage and my life back together.  I got word in June 2006 that I’d been reinstated by Major League Baseball and a few weeks afterward, the devil reappeared.

It was the same dream with an important difference.  I would hit him and he would bounce back up, the ugliest and most hideous creature you could imagine.  This devil seemed unbeatable; I couldn’t knock him out.  But just when I felt like giving up, I felt a presence by my side. I turned my head and saw Jesus, battling alongside me. We kept fighting and I was filled with strength.  The devil didn’t stand a chance.

You can doubt me, but I swear to you I dreamed it.  When I woke up, I felt at peace.  I wasn’t scared.  To me, the lesson was obvious: Alone, I couldn’t win this battle.  With Jesus, I couldn’t lose.”

His reinstatement was just the beginning of his remarkable comeback.  In 2008 he was selected to his first All Star team, where he also participated in the Home Run Derby, setting an opening round record of 28 home runs and finishing with the second most home runs of all time in Derby history with 35.

His Home Run Derby explosion introduced Josh to the public in a big way furthering his comeback.  He has been selected to the All Star team for three straight years (2009-2011).  In 2010, he won several single season honors in the American League including the Batting Title, ALCS MVP and most impressively MVP of the entire American League.  The man who almost lost his life and career to addiction has now become one of baseball’s biggest stars.  In addition to his personal success, he has led the Texas Rangers, who had never won an American League pennant, to the past two American League pennants and World Series appearances (2010-2011).  The comeback is still continuing with Josh and only in time will his full success be known.

8.  Ulysses S. Grant

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Grant was both a general and a president.   He was an American hero in the truest sense of the word.  Misunderstood by many people who don’t know his whole story, his life is a powerful example of a comeback.  Grant was the son of a tanner in Ohio and was soft spoken and easily embarrassed.  He went to West Point and entered into the Army as an officer.  He served in the Mexican-American War and then was sent to the new Oregon territory out west.  He did not like it, he did not like the climate and he did not like being separated from his wife and children.

In his depression, he drank too much and quit the Army.  He gave up his officer commission and went back home.  He tried his hand at a couple of different things. He failed at real estate and he failed at business. He was working in his family’s tannery and making very little money when the Civil War broke out.  He was contacted by the Union Army since he was a West Point graduate and had combat experience in the Mexican War.  He was asked to rejoin the Army and he did.

His comeback did not start out so great and he actually did not do very well in his first battle. But then he had a great victory at Fort Donaldson and then he won a big battle at Shiloh. That victory got the attention of President Lincoln.  Lincoln kept going through generals trying to find somebody who actually would get the job done and he decided that Grant was someone who would actually fight.  Grant kept getting promoted until he was the top general of all the Union forces.  He won the Civil War not by fancy maneuvers or clever strategy but by confronting the Confederate army in the field and defeating it.  The man with the rumpled uniform, unkempt beard and ever-present cigar accepted the surrender from General Lee of the Confederate forces at Appomattox.

Grant was then elected President of the United States.  In fact he was re-elected, serving two terms as president.  Though his two terms were riddled with political and financial scandals (none directly involving him) he managed to bring a calming influence to the country and bring peace between the North and South and between the US and the rest of the world.

The culmination of his comeback was the book he wrote after he left the Presidency.  He wrote Memoirs about his life and it became the biggest selling book in American history, excluding the Bible.  The shy boy from humble beginnings who failed at much in the early part of his life had an incredible comeback.  He was the top general who lead the Union’s victory in the Civil War, he was elected president for two terms of the United States and he wrote the bestselling book of all time.

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178 Comments

  1. Well,the atheists are correct–There are no you-tube videos of Jesus performing miracles so how can we not believe he’s a myth. I mean, we have videos of Socrates and Plato philosophyzing. We have digital pictures of Marco Polo in China. There’s even an actual video of Columbus standing on the bow of the Santa Maria crossing the Atlanta–It’s a little blurry but there it is. But nothing on this Jesus person. These dumb Christians talk about faith being a large part of Christianty but we intellectuals are not buying it. We want to see videos.

    • One question I have always wondered about (and I am genuinely seeking a mature answer, not trying to troll) is that :

      what exactly do most christians think about the whole praying in front of a statue of a dying christ? wouldn’t that be considered idolatry? if you were going to say that it is not and that the “icon” is just a medium for worship…well then, how is that different from Hindus who would say the exact same thing? we don’t actually believe the statue is a god, its jsut a medium to focus our worship.

      do christians consider taking the sacrament as cannibalism? From a hindu perspective of christian worship, it is because we also believe in the power of transubstantiation. which leads to my last question, if you really love a person as your saviour and god, why would you want to consume them (which from an eastern mythological perspective is seen as a sign of domination)…
      i’m not trying to troll or anything and since it seems that there are some devout christians on this page that know their religion i thought it might be worth while for me to ask. these arent meant to be an attack or anything, jsut questions that I have legitimately thought about and have not been able to find a satisfactory answer to?

      • Catholics may believe in praying to icons and transubstantiation but evangelicals do not. We believe in praying directly to Jesus and we believe in consubstantiation.

        • ah ok. but im not sure I understand that difference: transubstantiation would be that the bread and wine become the body of christ, while consubstantiation have the blood and flesh in spirit alongside the bread and wine? it seems more a differnece in semantics than doctrine…

          also, I didnt know catholics were a different religion, i thought you all just saw the 3 in 1 thing. don’t you all pray to christ tho as like god? sorry i jsut mean by that standard there wouldnt be a label as hindu because we all pray to different “gods” as aspects (faces) of the same god. i thought the division of the christians was more like the Panth/Math system among hindus.

          also i still don’t understand how one shows supplication to their god by consuming them. it’s jsut that in our mythology, any instance of consuming another thing was a display of dominance over that thing…

    • I don’t need any Youtube videos to believe those people existed. I do believe they existed. So did Jesus. I just don’t think he was the son of god, walked on water, was born from a virgin, etc.

  2. You would think, with all the people who have done disgusting things in the name of God, that when a Christian with a really good heart who provides a wonderful entertainment site that is free of profanity, NSFW images, and is full of great writing, would be spared the ignorant and vicious comments this post has provoked.

    Nobody said you had to be Christian, but odds are you’re so venomous against Christianity because you feel it’s been shoved down your throat, or because of some other bad association you have with the church or organized religion. If you’re so enlightened, intelligent, and so sure that Christians are wrong and treat people badly, why on earth would you behave just the way you think they do? How dare you express such incredulity at a webmaster who has been forthright about his religion from day 1, but treats EVERYONE with respect and tolerance?

    It would do you well to follow his example, those of you who condemned him so harshly for posting this list. Get over yourselves, and develop what the rest of us like to call tolerance and respect.

  3. Rajimus123 —
    I can speak for no one but myself, but as a Christian I have never prayed in front of a statue.

    • cool, sorry maybe i should have explained better. i was just referring to the big cross at the front that you usually see when you enter with all the pews in front of it. what would you call that? also i might be a little skewed at the difference between what goes on over here versus what i saw living in Spain. A lot of the cathedrals over there have statues or paintings of saints that ppl light candles in front or place flowers there, which is basically what hindus do too.

      • Raj–I believe you’re referring to the Catholic religion which I know little about but I believe the statues they pray in front of are just symbols..I do know some ask Mary to intercede for them with God and I personally wouldn’t do that believing you have to go straight to the Man himself. But I am in noway knocking the Catholic faith. It’s all, about what you believe,yourself.

        • Cool, one last thing that I’ve always wondered, is why do christians (catholic, jw, lutheran, evangelical, pentecostal,mormon, whatever) give almost an equal status to the devil? Like it doesn’t make sense to me why god (whos perfect) would create something that can directly oppose him, and then let him have equal status or claim on a mans soul. In hinduism, demons can’t win a persons soul, only control their body. and even so the demons (in our religion) still pray to the Divine Father and Divine Mother as their creators. if god created all things (good and evil) then all things would supplicate to them. (not trying to get into the whole, free will, debate. just generalizations from a particular religious perspective)

  4. Seems to me like the author of the article is trying to sell his book. The number one spot not only praises Jesus in a very partial way, but also personally tells the reader that they should reconsider what they believe.

    “If you doubt the veracity of Jesus’ resurrection consider some evidence.”

    I would be fine if the article did not subtly ask the reader to change what they believe in.

    You would think that with this backlash, it would be common sense to change or remove this article. I mean, the normal list rarely gets more than 10 (if that) comments this quickly after it was posted. It is great that you have your own religion, I respect it.

    This is the first kind of article I have seen that has such a blatant message at the end. Other than Jesus, good list. Informative until it tried to change my beliefs.

    • I am not trying to sell my book. It will sell and help many people overcome the setbacks of divorce, job loss, health problems and bad decisions. I hope many people will be open to changing their beliefs – not required just open.

  5. Rick
    Congratulations for publishing a winning list. You have increased readership 10-fold. And let me say something that you already know. You don’t need my approval and you certainly don’t need the approval of the intellectual atheists–There’s only ONE you need the approval of and you already know who HE is.

  6. Change or remove it? Jeez. Why do people get offended so easily? There are countless atheist sites and blogs that actually ridicule Christianity and no one says anything about them. He simply stated what he believes in his own site. Also, choosing to not ever visit a site again simply because you differ with its creator’s view in ONE post is basically throwing a tantrum.

    I am a Christian, and while many sites make fun of my beliefs in some posts, I don’t stop checking them or request their content be taken away just because I don’t agree with them. If you can’t take others’ point of view and still stick to your beliefs and defend them, then why do you even bother to believe in something? Share your opinion. Debate. Defend your beliefs. But don’t throw a tantrum just because you don’t agree with a post.

    Grow up, people.

  7. Evidence from Josephus
    Perhaps the most remarkable reference to Jesus outside the Bible can be found in the writings of Josephus, a first century Jewish historian. On two occasions, in his Jewish Antiquities, he mentions Jesus. The second, less revealing, reference describes the condemnation of one “James” by the Jewish Sanhedrin. This James, says Josephus, was “the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ.” F.F. Bruce points out how this agrees with Paul’s description of James in Galatians 1:19 as “the Lord’s brother.” And Edwin Yamauchi informs us that “few scholars have questioned” that Josephus actually penned this passage.
    As interesting as this brief reference is, there is an earlier one, which is truly astonishing. Called the “Testimonium Flavianum,” the relevant portion declares:
    About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he . . . wrought surprising feats. He was the Christ. When Pilate .condemned him to be crucified, those who had come to love him did not give up their affection for him. On the third day he appeared restored to life. . . . And the tribe of Christians has not disappeared.

  8. Add me to the others who will no longer be returning to this site. Obviously, everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, and if the website is ran by a Christian, they can put whatever they want on their site. I apparently didn’t realize this was such a site, however, believing it to be reaching out to readers of any and all religious backgrounds. Therefore, you are losing another longtime reader, and will also no longer recommend this site to others.

    • Goodbye, Jerod. We hardly knew ye.I hope you aren’t saying you don’t want to visit a site because it is run by Christian. As for reaching out to readers of any religion, well, we past lists on very wide variety of topics and cultures. Everyone is welcome. Sorry you didn’t feel that way. God bless and good luck.

      For everyone sticking around, no need to fear we won’t be closing our doors, Totpenz.net had 450 more visitors the day after this list posted, so traffic actually went up. In case you are wondering about the overall traffic, we average over 70,000 visits each day. Thanks to all our visitors of all religions!

  9. i am agnostic but borderline atheist if you cant tell from my posts on here. however i will still be frequenting this site daily as i have done in the past. having a fictional character as the number 1 on this list with other factual historical figures or entities is laughable at best, it is just one list. now if we had to read lists like this every day i would go elsewhere. the subject matter dealing with the god myth is just not that interesting to me.

    for the people saying they are leaving: this is still a great site. i skip lists all the time that i can tell won’t interest me one bit. top 10 celtic punk and folk bands being one of them. and like it has been said on this site and other list sites, if you dont like the lists then feel free to submit your own.

  10. I don’t see anything wrong with including Jesus on the list. Think about it. We can not say that his teachings have not influence our culture and basic beliefs. The point is that he was put to death but many of his teachings and believes have been passed down for generations to millions of people and to many cultures.If you believe in his resurrection or not is up to your faith or lack of. But nobody can say that this guy has not change the path of history and that his is a story of one of the worlds greatest comebacks.

  11. Agnostics, atheists: don’t go just because the biggest literary character in history has been voted to the number one spot. Some people like Harry Potter, some like Tom Sawyer, some like Iron Man, and some like Jesus. It’s purely a question of taste. This is still the great site it’s always been.
    I am an atheist and constantly blown away at how intelligent people can believe in such nonsense, but don’t crucify this guy for putting up a list like that.
    Thank god we have an atheist in this list in Lance Armstrong.

    • Yeah, thanks Steve! Hey! Waitaminute, I think my intelligence was insulted. Good thing I’m Christian so I’m won’t know any better. 😉

      For the record. I’m not a Harry Potter fan. Only saw 3 of the moves. Tom Sawyer should be required reading. Iron Man is okay, but I’m an X-men fan, particularly Cyclops. But I’ll go with Jesus as the best.

      Hey, God loves Atheists too. Doesn’t that make you feel better?

      • And I didn’t say you weren’t intelligent. I said it bothers me that intelligent people believe this nonsense (by the way, this includes my mother, and she’s the person I love and respect the most in this world).

      • Keynan Stewart on

        No, really doesn’t make me feel better, doesn’t “your god” drown people, unleash plagues, hordes of locusts and frogs (yah thats really effective..ever heard of emigration) all because he gets a bit bored..that would however have left reasonable proof that he did that. I’m sure egypt just doesn’t get locust or frogs…nope never.

        • People always blame God for what people have done. Mankind left God. And even now it doesn’t want to hear about him. And he knows it and stays out of its affairs (which means the world itself). It is not God, but OUR own world economy that has put Africa into such situation.

          Oh and yeah, poor Egytpians. They just wanted to have slaves and kill all the newborn when they are too many. Is that so bad? Or the Asirians, who smashed babies on the floor until they died. Poor things… Or Sodom and Gomorrah, whose citizens even wanted to rape the angels sent by God.

          People always picture God as being evil, when in fact its is Mankind who is evil. Mostly, he doesn’t even interfere in anyone’s life unless he is allowed/asked to. But yeah, he is responsible for things like poor people and natural disasters. Sure.

          Also, people always assume God does things with a poof of pixie dust but, say, if he created nature, couldn’t he actually use it? Why would he bother to make rules for nature if he just wants to violate them? But no, people always automatically think that scientific explanations deny God’s existence. (I am a scientist myself, btw).

          But in any case, there is no point in arguing. We all believe what we believe. And whatever it is we believe in (I include all religions and ideologies) no one has the right nor the capacity to truly conclude and argument our beliefs are wrong. Why? Simple: no one knows the reason we believe such things. And as such, beliefs cannot be changed by mere arguments, but by experience.

          I am sure there are many so-called-Christians (and even some true ones) who try to shove Christ down your throat (and say you will perish in Hell if you don’t), but most of us (those who TRULY act the way we should) will not attempt to. We would just share how marvelous and loving God has been in our lives. And since we have had such results, we recommend Him, We will just state what we believe in and respect you. Just like in this article. How could we call ourselves Children of God if we don’t even respect others?

          We respect you. I think it would only be fair you respected us.

          PD: And no, someone writing what he believes in his own site is not lack of respect. It is freedom of expression, which we all equally share.

        • Sorry but that is the lamest explanation every believer uses. If God doesn’t have any control over humans, what is his use?

  12. Jesus WAS a real person, it’s a fact, LOADS of people wrote about him, not just Matthew, Mark, Luke and John…. They just happened to get chosen because the church favoured these gospels…….. The question is not whether Jesus existed but whether he was really the son of God, whether he was just a man with some special powers……or whether he was just.. well… a normal man.

  13. It’s misleading to mix a fictional comeback with all those other real ones. We might as well have a list of “Top ten most generous people” and include the tooth fairy.

      • «Anyone who confesses their sins to Jesus will be forgiven and granted eternal life. Thus, because of Jesus’ comeback any person can have their greatest personal comeback. The setback of mistakes, failures and sins can be forgiven. The comeback of inner peace, purpose and meaning in life is now available. We can live our lives in a personal relationship with God experiencing His plan for our lives and we can spend eternity in heaven with Him after this life is over. Thanks to Jesus, life’s greatest comeback is available to you any time you choose.»

        I have nothing against people having a religion, that is their choice. What I do oppose is when individuals begin proselytizing their religion in this way. If you have the right to defend your beliefs, I should be equally permitted to point out how ridiculous I find them.

        • But you didn’t state it as your opinion, you made a declarative statement that would be taken as an offense to any Christian, and that was your intent, I imagine, to offend and belittle. It isn’t always the words, but the intent that is important.

        • Funny how religious people are always flamed. No one has ever said anything against atheists. We do not say “not believing is God is ridiculous”, yet that is exactly what you people do. You dont believe. Fine. Live and let live. Why is that so difficult for you all to understand? Respect and tolerance are what keeps society together. They are vital. Why do you claim for that which you don’t give (and DO recieve anyway)? People are such babies.

        • lol are you seriously trying to say religious people are being persecuted? religious people aren’t always flamed. how many times do you see athiests going after religious people just because its tuesday? no they go after them when they do/say something stupid. like this list for example having a fictional character mixed in with real historical figures. atheists flaming is almost always in response to something a religious person did. religious people are shouting from just about every street corner on how if you don’t accept god into your lives you are going to hell, atheists are going to burn, and on an extreme note about how natural disasters are because of either atheists or people who aren’t following the words of god/jesus.

          lets be honest here. religious people outnumber non-religious people 4:1. that number is getting closer together every year but at least be honest and admit that you have blue car syndrome and be done with it.

  14. Actually atheists are the most ignorant people on this planet. And that’s fine. So why do you go after Christians because you percieve them to be stupid. I’m a Christian but I don’t try to convert atheists. I firmly believe it’s far too late for that now. I don’t predict but I do feel we’re in the last days-But that’s just me.I don’t go around preaching it-To each his own. Many other Christians would disagee with me but there it is.

    • nice attempt at trolling. atheists are the most ignorant? coming from someone who ignores science this is an obvious attempt at trolling.

      • You think that is trolling? You should see the comments from atheists I have had to delete from this post and other posts that have any religious overtone. Wow. Some of the most hateful, disrespectful and meanest comments I have seen in a while and that is saying something.

        I don’t like to make generalizations, but the worst comments across my site have seem to be atheists trying to humiliate Christians for their beliefs. So much hate, it makes me wonder…

        I wouldn’t let them see the light of day, but it really saddens me that one human could feel such anger to another simply because they choose to worship Jesus. I wonder if such venom would be spewed at Muslims or Buddhists?

        Not an attack on you, Dennis, just saying you have no idea what I don’t let through in the comments. I think you would be surprised and horrified at what your fellow atheists think and say.

        • that is trolling because they’re is no way he can believe atheists are more ignorant then religious people. granted religious people are choosing to be ignorant and are fine being ignorant. me personally i feel everyone should be agnostic because not one person on this planet knows what happens when we die. not one. like i said, im a lot more agnostic then i am atheist. i havent seen it too much on this thread but elsewhere a lot of religious people have blue car syndrome and selective memory. take dennis for saying atheists are the most ignorant people on this planet for example. studies have shown that atheists are the highest educated demographic in the world. does he really think that because someone doesnt have blind faith in something that you cant see, feel, or touch that that means they are ignorant? or does that mean we are holding out till all the facts are in before coming to a decision if they’re is a god or not. we are just being prudent.

    • hate to break it to you but the facts speak otherwise. in the last 10 years atheism has risen 10% completely at the expense of the christian community.

      • Hate to break it yo you Georgie but you’re the only troll around here–.

        Changed from agnosticism or atheism to Christian

        Yeah,all these people are real stupid.

        Steve Beren – former member of the Socialist Workers Party (United States) who became a Christian conservative politician.[175]
        Anders Borg – Sweden’s Minister for Finance.[176]
        Kirk Cameron – Actor, star of Growing Pains (former atheist)[177]
        Bruce Cockburn – Canadian folk/rock guitarist and singer/songwriter. (former agnostic)[178]
        Francis Collins – physician-geneticist, noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes, and the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (former atheist)[179]
        Bo Giertz – Swedish Confessional Lutheran Bishop, theologian, and writer (former atheist).[181]
        Joy Gresham – American writer and wife of C. S. Lewis (former atheist)[182]
        Anna Haycraft – Raised in Auguste Comte’s atheistic “church of humanity”, but became a conservative Catholic in adulthood.[183]
        Ignace Lepp – French psychiatrist whose parents were freethinkers and who joined the Communist party at age fifteen. He broke with the party in 1937 and eventually became a Catholic priest.[184]
        F̩lix Leseur РDoctor turned priest. His conversion, in part, came by efforts of his wife who was declared a Servant of God by the Catholic Church.[185]
        Khang Khek Leu (also known as Comrade Duch) – Cambodian director of Phnom Penh’s infamous Tuol Sleng detention center[186] Became a Chtistian.
        C. S. Lewis – Oxford professor and writer; well known for The Chronicles of Narnia series, Shelley Lubben – former pornographic actress, current author and Executive Director of the Pink Cross Foundation, anti-pornography activist.[188]
        Gabriel Marcel – French philosopher and playwright (former agnostic).[189]
        Norma McCorvey – “Jane Roe” in Roe v. Wade[190] Became a Christian antiabortion proponent.
        Alister McGrath – Biochemist and Christian theologian. Founder of ‘Scientific theology’ and critic of Richard Dawkins in his book Dawkins’ God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life [191] (Former atheist)
        CzesÅ?aw MiÅ?osz – Nobel prize winning poet
        Nina Karin Monsen – a Norwegian moral philosopher and author who grew up in a humanist family, but later convert to Christianity through philosophic thinking.[192]
        Crissy Moran – former pornographic actress and current anti-pornography activist.[193]
        Lacey Mosley – Vocalist and lyricist for Alternative metal band Flyleaf.[194]
        William J. Murray – author and son of atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair[195]
        Bernard Nathanson Medical doctor who was a founding member of NARAL, later becoming a Pro-Life proponent.[196]
        Marvin Olasky – former Marxist turned Christian conservative, he edits the Christian World magazine.[197][198]
        George R. Price – Geneticist who became an Evangelical Christian and wrote about the New Testament. Later he moderated his evangelistic tendencies and switched from religious writing to working with the homeless.[199][200]
        Anne Rice – author of Interview with the Vampire[201]
        Dame Cicely Saunders – Templeton Prize and Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize winning nurse known for palliative care. She converted to Christianity as a young woman.[202]
        Edith Stein – Phenomenologist philosopher who converted to Catholicism and became a Discalced Carmelite nun; declared a saint by John Paul II.[203]
        Peter Steele – Lead singer of Type O Negative.[204]
        Lee Strobel – Author of The Case for Christ (former atheist)[205]
        Allen Tate – American poet, essayist and social commentator, and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.[206]
        Evelyn Waugh – British writer (former agnostic).[207]
        Fay Weldon – British novelist and feminist.[208]
        Monty White – British Young Earth Creationist (former atheist)[209]
        John C. Wright – Science fiction author.[210]
        Nicko McBrain – Michael Henry best known as “Nicko” McBrain, drummer for Iron Maiden heavy metal band.

        • hate to break it to you little boy but your list is irrelevant. 100% completely irrelevant. i could just as easily post a list of genius level athiests that would require you to scroll down for 10 minutes. chew on this little factoid for a while:

          A Barna group poll found that about 20 million people say they are atheist, have no religious faith or are agnostic, with 5 million of that number claiming to be atheists. The study also found that “[t]hey tend to be more educated, more affluent and more likely to be male and unmarried than those with active faith” and that “only 6 percent of people over 60 have no faith in God, and one in four adults ages 18 to 22 describe themselves as having no faith.”[1]

          the 96% level was the level i was talking about earlier while dennis was apparently licking windows. the newer generations that are growing up are less and less religious as they tend to be more educated. when the older generations die out the percentage that are religious will continue to fall. 25% of people aged 18-22 say they have no belief in god. that number will continue to grow as people get more educated.

          i do apologize though. i said that atheism had grown 10% in the last 10 years. it was 10% in the last 18 years. christianity as a % of the whole has dropped down to 78%.

          what else is amusing is that only 7% of scientists believe in god. also 39 different studies in the last 80 years have all shown that the more intelligent you are, the less likely that you will be religious. im not saying that all religious people are stupid, because they clearly arent, but that is why your list is completely and utterly irrelevant.

          how does that sit with you denny?

        • Sounds like people are too smart for their own good. 😉 I guess Heaven will be absent a bunch of geniuses.

          Here is the bottom line. You can choose not to believe in God or a creator, but no one can explain the intelligent design of our universe without such a being. You can say science is responsible, but everything had to start from something. What that beginning was or is cannot be explained by science or by you or by me. We just don’t know.

          In the end, if you are right and I am wrong and there is no God, my life is still well-lived and we when we die we just cease to exist – a sad thought. But if I am right and you are wrong and there is a God, well…so believing costs me nothing and gains me everything.

        • Georgie,
          Go back in the bathroom with your 8X10 glossy of Rosie O’Donnell. Don’t try to debate with those who are far more intelligent–You’ll lose everytime. You’re just spitting out words that mean nothing while foaming at the mouth.

        • luckily i am debating with you dennie and not someone who is more intelligent then me. i will take it by your response that you concede that you were wrong but are far to proud to admit it so are backing out of this discussion without further humiliating yourself.

          toptenz: i dont believe the universe is intelligently designed. if it was dont you think it would be a lot better? everything is random and chaotic with too much wasted space. maybe if god was an autistic 6 yr old. but yes everything had to come from something so where did god come from? that question works both ways. if the universe cant have always been there, then why can god have always been there? but my life has been well lived as well. me not being religious doesnt make me any less moral from a humanity standpoint. i still give to charity. i still help people whenever i can. i still volunteer coach. i dont break any laws. well i speed but besides that. ha. i have no issues with religious people who want to live their life like that. i have issues with those that try to push their lifestyle on others though. you ever see atheists go door to door to try to convert people to atheism? granted those are jehovahs who are about as well liked as suicide bombers even to other religious people.

          i look forward to dying at a ripe old age. i am genuinely curious as to what happens when we die. it is one of lifes greatest mysteries. i have been baptized and the bible states i can renounce my sins right at the pearly gates if need be so i think i am covered either way.

      • Of course statistics are rarely accurate and hard to be proven, but that goes both ways. I found multiple reports that said Christianity is on the rise – http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,74563,00.html – quoting, “But whatever the case, most experts agree Christianity does have the most believers. And recent reports estimate that by 2025, that gap will widen even further, making Christianity by far the world’s largest religion.

        Christianity Population Growth – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_population_growth – Scroll down to absolute growth.

        On the other hand, it really doesn’t matter. If we are in the End of Days, as many people believe, things are going to get much worse which probably means Christianity would lose traction.

        It wouldn’t matter if it was dropping (which appears not to be the case), I believe what I believe.

  15. Seeing that this list is now comprising of people’s comments on Atheism, I just want to put my friendly 2 cents worth in here. It may or may not surprise you that the famous movie actress Jodie Foster is a total 100% percent, bonafide, USDA approved atheist. Which leads me to my next question. Is Jodie Foster straight or gay ??……..LOL

  16. From “The Coming Of Global Christianity” by Penn State professor,Philip Jenkins:

    For instance, in 1900, there were approximately 10 million Christians in Africa. By 2000, there were 360 million. By 2025, conservative estimates see that number rising to 633 million. Those same estimates put the number of Christians in Latin America in 2025 at 640 million and in Asia at 460 million.

    • Yeah. Those are the countries where misery prevails. Those people need to believe in a better life some time after this one. If you look at the countries with the highest standards of living, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Canada etc. Religion there is well on the decline.

  17. In 2010, there were 2.30 billion Christians in the world, an increase of 150 million from two billion in 2005. The increase in the Christian population is growing at a slightly higher rate than the world population – 1.3 percent per year, when the total world population increased with 1.2 percent. The Christian population in Asia and Africa had the highest growth with 2.6 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively,–“World Facts By The Numbers”

    • any study worth its weight in air will tell you they have no idea how many people in the world are religious. the estimates are anywhere from 4.5 billion to 6 billion. that is a 64%-86% spread.

  18. I love a debate as much as the next person, probably more, which is why I started this site one late night back in May 2008. But at some point it becomes it becomes…well, pointless. I have decided that point is now and I am shutting off comments. There is nothing to be gained from either side of the debate on Jesus. You either believe or you don’t.

    Everyone has had their say. If you really want to add something, email me and I’ll consider opening this post back up to comments; but it would have to be really good.

    I’ve grown weary of moderating the comments on this post and nothing new is being discussed or debated. So endeth the lesson. Amen.