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The Real History of the Crusades The crusades are quite possibly the most misunderstood event in European history. Most of what passes for public knowledge about it is either misleading or just plain wrong By Prof.
Madden Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics.
They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general.
A breed of proto-imperialists, the Crusaders introduced Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins.
For variations on this theme, one need not look far. Both are terrible history yet wonderfully entertaining. So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out.
But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars.
They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands. From the safe distance of many centuries, it is easy enough to scowl in disgust at the Crusades. Religion, after all, is nothing to fight wars over.
Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics.
Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword.
Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War. Christianity—and for that matter any other non-Muslim religion—has no abode.
Christians and Jews can be tolerated within a Muslim state under Muslim rule. But, in traditional Islam, Christian and Jewish states must be destroyed and their lands conquered.The Date of the Nativity in Luke (6th ed., ) Richard Carrier.
It is beyond reasonable dispute that Luke dates the birth of Jesus to 6 A.D. It is equally indisputable that Matthew dates the birth of Jesus to 6 B.C. (or some year before 4 B.C.).
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Article III Judicial Branch Signed in convention September 17, Ratified June 21, A portion of Article III, Section 2, was changed by the 11th Amendment.