Jesus of Nazareth, without money, science, learning or arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohomet and Napoleon. He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined. Without the eloquence of schools, He spoke words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poets. Without writing a single line, He has set more pens in motion and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and sweet songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.
Born in a manger and crucified as a malefactor, He now controls the destinies of the civilized world and rules a spiritual empire which embraces one-third of the unpretending of the globe. There never was in this world a life so unpretending, modest and lowly in its outward form and condition and yet producing such extraordinary effects upon all ages, nations and classes of men. The annals of history produce no other examples of such complete and astonishing success in spite of the absence of those material, social, literary and artistic powers and influences which are indispensable to success for a mere man. [Philip Schaff]