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God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

Stark, Rodney

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Product Description: This book takes on the current vogue in liberal thinking to argue that, in fact, the Crusades were not unprovoked. They were not the first round of European colonialism. They were not conducted for land, loot, or converts. The Crusaders were not barbarians who victimized the cultivated Muslims. They sincerely believed that they served in God's Battalions.

In the wake of many recent books justifying Muslim holy wars by criticizing the historic use of violence by Christians, Stark presents the other side of the story. Drawing upon a wide variety of sources, Stark argues the facts and figures about why and how Christianity attempted to secure the Holy Lands and protect the safety of Christian pilgrims.

288 Pages
Published March 2009

About the Author

RODNEY STARK is the Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University. His twenty-seven books on the history and sociology of religion include The Rise of Christianity; Cities of God; For the Glory of God (which won the 2004 Award of Merit for History/Biography from Christianity Today); Discovering God which won the 2008 Award of Merit for Theology/Ethics from Christianity Today); and The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success.

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