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Famous Founders

Name the famous founders of these countries, religions, and corporations.
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First submittedJuly 28, 2010
Last updatedAugust 30, 2018
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Mormon Church
Joseph Smith
L. Ron Hubbard
Mark Zuckerberg
Bill Gates
Paul Allen
Sergey Brin
Larry Page
Jeet Kune Do
Bruce Lee
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Colonel Sanders
Death Row Records
Dr. Dre
Suge Knight
Sierra Club
John Muir
Peoples Republic of China
Mao Zedong
Mustafa Ataturk
Stephen F. Austin
University of Virginia
Thomas Jefferson
Virgin Records
Richard Branson
Sam Walton
Mongol Empire
Genghis Khan
level 52
Jul 23, 2013
Jesus didn't found Christianity. It's commonly believed that Saul/Paul did. Jesus was a Jew who preached what we now read as the New Testament.
level 76
Oct 20, 2013
There was a bunch of comments already on this subject before, but looks like they have all been deleted.. but anyway you are correct. Jesus, if he was even a real person, was not the founder of Christianity, even if his story became central to the religion that started to take shape generations after his alleged death.
level 73
Feb 16, 2016
I know what you mean -- a cursory examination of the text gives that impression, but actually, when studying the new testament, it becomes clear that Jesus fully intended to found a movement, and he did, by training the apostles. Plus, as millions of us still believe, it is the power of the living Jesus that keeps it going. Persecution of Christians all over the world has never been able to eradicate it. i.e. Russia, China, and even now, Christians are coming out all over Islamic territory.
level 76
May 28, 2018
How do you get that Jesus intended to start a religion from reading the New Testament? (even ignoring that the NT was written by anonymous authors who never met the man, decades after he was dead) ... even if we assume that the NT is mostly accurate and Jesus was as described in its pages, then isn't it obvious that he believed himself to be the Jewish messiah ushering in the end of days? He tells his followers repeatedly to sell all of their possessions, abandon their families, follow him and prepare for judgment day. He said that this would happen before the last of them had died. Why would he be trying to start a new religion if the world was about to end?
level 69
Apr 16, 2019
If you're saying you're the prophesized son of God and cruising around with a bunch of followers you've pretty much established your own veneration.
level 69
Nov 2, 2013
The Christian Church was started on Pentecost. Paul was not there. He was a Pharisee responsible for the persecution of Christians who only much later experienced his own conversion.
level 76
Dec 11, 2013
You're referring to a mythological story that is held to be the foundation of the religion by that religion's tradition. Carter is referring to the plausible real history of the religion. Two very different things.
level 34
Feb 1, 2014
So... not worried about Abraham or anything? There is at least some evidence of both of them existing.
level 34
Feb 1, 2014
not to mention Muhammad
level 21
Aug 6, 2015
Paul didn't found Christianity, that's actually a false statement created by those that wish to deter the ideas of Christianity
level 3
May 12, 2018
yea right (sarcastically intended)
level 76
May 28, 2018
Chances of these characters being based on real historical people:
Abraham: 5%
Jesus: 65%
Muhammad: 90%

but it's fair to say none of them founded a new religion even if they were real. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all took shape over the course of years coming out of the religious traditions that preceded them and shaped by many different people. Paul probably is the one person who deserves the most credit for founding Christianity. He wrote many of the books of the New Testament and was the one who started preaching to and converting the gentiles. Before Paul, Christianity was not a new religion it was a Jewish apocalypse/messiah cult and there were many just like it.
Muhammad also saw himself as a prophet following in the already established religious traditions that preceded him. The figure in Islamic history that most closely resembles Paul is probably Abu Bakr, who had the Quran written down.
Judaism's real origins have been lost to antiquity.
level 76
Sep 16, 2018
A good example of why this quiz is inconsistent and inaccurate: if you're going to assume that all characters in religious texts are real people and that all religious traditions are true, then the founder of Mormonism should be the prophet Mormon, who was one of the Nephites- the ancient Jews who sailed to and settled in America. Mormon is the one who wrote the history of his people down on golden plates. Joseph Smith just found those plates and had them translated. That's the Mormon version of events.

Of course, in the real world, we know that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon and there never were any golden plates nor any Nephites. Just like we know that Abu Bakr had the Quran written down, and that Paul wrote somewhere between one third and one half of the New Testament.
level 48
Jul 22, 2017
Not that much later. Maybe 33 or 34 AD.
level 76
Jan 13, 2014
My new quiz on some of these guysFounders by Miracle has not gained much traffic. Maybe this is a good place to promote it.
level 77
Mar 16, 2014
Kemal must be accepted for Ataturk.
level 67
Jan 7, 2017
Ataturk was born 'Mustafa Kemal Ataturk'. Why must 'Kemal' be accepted, 'Joseph' would not be accepted for 'Joseph Smith'.
level 64
May 6, 2019
He was not born Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, he was only born Mustafa (son of Ali Riza). He was nicknamed "Kemal" by his high school teacher meaning "sublime/ripened", which he later adopted as an official second name. Long after the victory of the War of Independence and the foundation of the new Turkish state, the name Ataturk, meaning "The Father Turk" was bestowed on him by the Turkish parliament following the surname reform.
level 70
Apr 13, 2014
...are we saying Jeet Kune Do is a country, a religion, or a corporation?
level 72
Jul 12, 2014
It didn't accept Christ!
level 76
Nov 27, 2015
level 61
Mar 15, 2019
no one should
level 63
Apr 26, 2019
He's given you (and everyone) the freedom to make that choice.
level 75
Jun 12, 2016
I was going to lament on only 8% knowing John Muir, but then I realized that non-Americans have probably never heard of him. (Probably a similar reason for the low percentage of Stephen Austin.)
level 81
Aug 14, 2016
I have no idea what Sierra Club is. Guessed Austin, because Houston wasn't the answer.
level 48
Jul 22, 2017
If you get a chance to hike in Muir Woods, take it.
level 25
Jun 18, 2016
I think that the fact that only about 15% of people know about Google, and 36% know about Walmart is insanely low.. :( I love Google.
level 48
Jul 22, 2017
You can always Google Walmart, but you can't Walmart Google. Thought for the day.
level 41
Feb 8, 2018
Jesus didn't found Christianity, even in the Christian canon. Saint Peter did.
level 28
Feb 13, 2018
Please add "Chairman Mao" as an answer to substitute "Mao Zedong"
level 26
Feb 21, 2018
i thought steve jobs helped found apple
level 76
May 28, 2018
Are you confusing Apple with Microsoft?
level 37
Apr 28, 2018
William of Orange would have been a good one for this quiz
level 43
May 28, 2018
Please accept "the zucc" for Mark Zuckerburg thanks :)