People of Great Religious Importance - dummies

People of Great Religious Importance

By Rabbi Marc Gellman, Monsignor Thomas Hartman

Part of Religion For Dummies Cheat Sheet

All religions have important people whose teachings and lives embody the spirit of the faith and present models of faith’s promise. This chart shows the founders, teachers, and key leaders of major religions:

Person Role Religion
Buddha Founder of Buddhism Buddhism
Confucius Philosopher and teacher; founder of Confucianism Confucianism
Guru Nanak First guru (divine leader) of Sikhism Sikhism
Jesus Prophet and Son of God Christianity
Lao-Tzu Attributed writer of Tao Te Ching, founder of Taoism Taoism
Mahavira Spiritual leader and last of the 24 Tirthankara (Jain saints) Jainism
Moses Prophet who talked to God and was given the Ten Commandments Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Muhammad Prophet to whom God revealed the Qur’an Islam
Zoroaster Founder of Zoroastrianism Zoroastrianism