The Rev. Billy Graham is a religious leader with a worldwide reach. In his long career as an evangelist, he has spoken to millions and been an advisor to US presidents.

Why you should listen

According to his official bio, evangelist Billy Graham took the Bible literally where it says in Mark 16:15, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history -- nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film and webcasts.

Graham has written some 25 books, and his counsel has been sought by multiple U.S. presidents. His appeal in both the secular and religious arenas is evidenced by the wide range of groups that have honored him. Graham was the first major evangelist to speak behind the Iron Curtain, calling for peace in countries throughout Eastern Europe and in the Soviet Union -- while during the Apartheid era he refused to visit South Africa until its government allowed for desegregated audiences. Through the praise and criticism of a public life that has nearly spanned a century, he has held fast to his conviction that faith in Jesus is the only path to salvation.

What others say

“My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.” — Billy Graham

Billy Graham’s TED talk

Billy Graham on the TED Blog

Technology

Technology, faith and human shortcomings: Billy Graham on TED.com

July 16, 2008

Reverend Billy Graham marvels at technology’s power to improve lives and change the world — but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Jesus. (Recorded February 1998 in Monterey, California. Duration: 26:20.) Watch Billy Graham’s 1998 talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment […]

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Quotes from Billy Graham

We're all going to die. And we have that in common with all these great men of the past that are staring down at us.
Billy Graham
TED1998 • 1.1M views Jul 2008
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