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Summary of God’s Battalions by Rodney Stark

To close out God’s Battalions Rodney Stark draws together his research and insights into one concise concluding paragraph: The thrust of the preceding chapters can be summarized very briefly. 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 […]

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The Crusades Belong in the Past

Has there been a renewed interest in the crusades? First, sociologist Rodney Stark offers a new book on the subject called God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades, buzz for which I’ve seen cropping up in various places. He argues, according to the publisher, that “the Crusades had less to do with spreading Christianity than […]

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