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Published on Jan 27, 2014
Lesson Twenty-five Introduction to the Crusades: An Atheist Perspective
Bibliography And Books Recommended For each class May be found On AtheistScholar.org In this lecture, I shall discuss the Crusades, or so-called Holy Wars, of the Middle Ages. I have limited my lecture to the first five Crusades, spanning the years from 1095 to about 1229. The lecture will exclusively survey the Crusades that were undertaken against the East, which encompasses the first five. Our talk will glance at the battles, the reasons for the Crusades, both overt and covert, and the communal acceptance of violence in the cause of religion. I shall touch on the role of women during the Crusades as well. I shall be discussing these strange wars from the vantage point of the Western crusaders, but make no mistake, although I am pointing out much of the gratuitous violence of the Christian armies, I am not an apologist for the Muslim cause.