Jesus is No. 21 in 50 Most Powerful Men Under 38
Who's Got the Power? A Mag's Surprising Answer
• God is in the Details: We've just received Details magazine's long-awaited Power Issue, listing the 50 most powerful men under 38. But wait: Why age 38? Senior editor Brian Sarnham, who's 33, told us the non-round number was chosen "just to put an exclamation point on youth -- these people are really doing something before it's expected."
Almost halfway down the rankings we find a man so influential he only needs a one-word name. No, not Nelly or Usher, who are way up at the top of the list. We're talking about Jesus. That's right: He is the 21st most influential man under 38.
Which raises the question: Who's bigger than Jesus this year? The No. 1 spot goes to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal soldiers, who are clearly meaner than Jesus. The Google guys, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, claim No. 2 for being richer than Jesus. No. 3 is MoveOn.org visionary Eli Pariser, who helped raise the Dems from the dead, which frankly might have been a tall order even for God. Clocking in at No. 4 most powerful is White House communications director Dan Bartlett, who probably could have offered advice on keeping all four Gospel writers on message.
"The reason Jesus is on the list is partly tongue in cheek, but obviously there's Mel Gibson's film and his implications in politics as well as the 40 million evangelicals who vote," Sarnham explained. And take comfort: At least Christ beat out rapper Eminem, No. 22.