A study conducted by Harris Interactive for Zondervan Publishers shows that "Americans don't know the facts about Jesus."
While 66 percent believe Jesus is the most recognized figure in history, the study [pdf]shows that few understand His impact.
"A lot of people don't know [Jesus'] role in creating a society where all human beings are recognized as having rights and that everybody should be included and be considered equal," says Pastor John Ortberg of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California.
"That really was based on the idea which began in little Israel and spread through the world, through Jesus, that every human being is made in the image of God and is loved by God, and out of that flowed ideas, such as we should have compassion for everybody," Ortberg adds.
He contends things like orphanages and hospitals originated with followers of Jesus who remembered His teachings and compassion.
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