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Newsmax is out with its list of the top 100 Christian leaders in America who make a real impact on modern lives in 2015.

Christianity’s challenges in today’s world of instantaneous information transmission and new brands of sin are not what they were a century ago, nor are they quite what they were during the socio-sexual revolution of the ’60s. And not all the names below are occupants of pulpits — not traditional physical pulpits, anyway.

The early 21st century is a time of slickly produced videos of mass Christian martyrdoms at the hands of fanatics acting in the name of Islam, a kind of high-tech return to the medieval wars between the two faiths. In the computer age, millions witness those atrocities within hours.

It is also a time when a new Pope seems poised to launch a reassessment of traditional Catholic moral teaching — and the American free-market establishment — that will spark spirited resistance within the church he governs. And so Cardinal Raymond Burke, formerly of St. Louis and little known before Pope Francis’ election, features prominently on our list.

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