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College Lecturer Dismantles Five Top Myths Of the Crusades

Steve Weidenkopf, a lecturer of Church history at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, wrote an excellent piece at Crisis Magazine detailing the who, what, when, why and how concerning the Crusades. Why should you care about the Crusades? "Pope Benedict XVI has emphasized the need for a 'New Evangelization' to re-spread the Faith to areas of the world where it has been lost or forgotten, "Weidenkopf points out. "Part of the New Evangelization is learning the authentic history of the Church and Western Civilization.  No greater example, of an area where authentic learning is paramount, is found than the Crusades." And few incidents in history are so clearly misunderstood as the Crusades.  Weidenkopf dismantles five of the most enduring myths about the Crusades including Myth #1: The Crusades were wars of unprovoked aggression Myth #2:  The Crusades were about European greed for booty, plunder and the establishment of colonies. Myth #3:  When Jerusalem was captured in 1099 the crusaders killed all the inhabitants – so many were killed that the blood flowed ankle deep through the city. Myth #4: The Crusades were also wars against the Jews and should be considered the first Holocaust. Myth #5:  The Crusades are the source of the modern tension between Islam and the West. Find out the details at Crisis Magazine.

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