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Crusades

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Book Review)

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 02.18.2015 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

The goal in enlisting mental health professionals in your divorce is to help you move forward. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help, especially if it will get you to a better place emotionally and spiritually.

Does Obama's 'God Talk' Stand A Chance In A Polarized America?

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) After taking heat from the religious right for saying Christians and Muslims have all committed horrors in God’s name, President Ob...

The Crusades: Who, What, When, Where

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Crusades "in general" refer to what are called "holy wars" or "just wars"--military campaigns for the purpose of halting the spread of non-Christian religions, of retaking holy places, or of conquering pagan areas.

Getting Off Our High Horse

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Too many treat greatness not as a responsibility but as an entitlement, an inheritance that was earned for them. They fail to grasp that the struggle for our values is the prize. Take it for granted and it slips away. We will defeat enemies like the Islamic State by learning from our past, not airbrushing it.

Conservatives Shouldn't Unequivocally Defend 'Christian Duty'

Slate | Jamelle Bouie | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

The cliché is that Americans have a short memory, but since Saturday, a number of us have been arguing over medieval religious wars and whether they ...

President Obama at the Prayer Breakfast

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The President reminded his listeners about some uncomfortable truths. Great crimes have also been committed in the name of Christ. There were the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. These were the great offenses of medieval Christendom.

Breaking Down President Obama's Point About Christian Crusades and Islamic Extremism

Jay Michaelson | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

No one is suggesting that Christians are just like the Islamic State. But Obama did suggest that Christianity is like Islam; both faiths have the capacity to be exploited by extremists.

Europe's New Frontier: From Social Democracy to Governance That Fits

Elza S. Maalouf | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics
Elza S. Maalouf

While the West has taken for granted the cultural complexity it has built over the centuries, it should not assume that everyone is ready to assimilate into it without proper guidance.

Europe's Coming Battle

John Feffer | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
John Feffer

If these murders do not constitute a war, they nonetheless point to a deep conflict inside Europe. This conflict is not over whose religion is the one true religion. It is about the very identity of Europe.

Islamic State's Black Flag Flies Over Vatican On Cover Of Propaganda Magazine

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion

Islamic State militants have called for war against the Catholic Church in the latest issue of the group’s English-language propaganda magazine Dabi...

The Greeks Have Dreamt the Dream of Life Best

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Our time could easily become another dark age. Christianity and Islam are hovering over each other, fighting global crusades in the Middle East. The horror of the Middle East is played out in the context of an even larger horror: the globalization of ruthless business practices threatening our Mother Earth.

Perpetual War, and Shame, Is Our Policy

Matthew Hoh | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

Today, on the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it is clear to me that the cowardice evinced by the president is directly proportional to the never-ending 9/11 fear mongering that continues to paralyze and retard this country.

On Islam, Violence, and the Execution of James Foley

Indira Falk Gesink | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Indira Falk Gesink

So -- which side is right? Is Islam essentially violent and intolerant or essentially peaceful and pluralistic? Do the guys with the bloody machetes represent Islam, or are they an aberration? I think that anyone who tries to answer this question simply is doing so deliberately in order to score political points.

'Extraordinarily Rare' Artifact Unearthed In Farmstead

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 05.28.2014 | Science

A rare Crusade-era lead seal used to secure a letter was uncovered in an ancient farmstead in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced t...

Afghanistan Needs Its 'Knights' for Age of Greater Jihad

Suleiman Wali | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Suleiman Wali

Afghanistan has become entirely too fluent in the language of Lesser Jihad, which it famously fought and won in the 1980s. But as that pivotal year of 2014 approaches, let us define who we are in peacetime and be even better at winning at that.

The Holiness of Evil

George Elerick | Posted 12.28.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

We must demystify our religious attempts at trying to make sense of evil, which is a vulgar oversimplification and sanctification of evil. One way to do that is to realize this desire to explain everything in a totality is itself highly problematic.

Religion Cause for War?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

If organized religion is not exclusively responsible for war, nonetheless, it is fair to ask does it justify our loyalty at least for preventing conflict and killing? More fundamentally, does organized religion tip the scales for peace over war? 

Jews vs. Muslims

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

When we can start envisioning a world where we care for more than just our pack or our flock, then we can truly enter a messianic utopia of peace where "the wolf shall lie with the lamb."

Medieval Feces, Seriously

Tony Phillips | Posted 08.26.2013 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

Cyprus, as you might know, is a country strangled by debt, struggling beneath the heel of the austere European boot. Cyprus can't pay its trash collectors, but someone has the funds to send researchers there to dig up the contents of a 12th Century latrine.

Pope Francis And The New Pluralism

David Lose | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
David Lose

The pope made waves when he said in a sermon last week that Jesus Christ redeems all: those who are Roman Catholic and those who are not; those who believe, and those who don't.

Platonism and Secularism in the Thought of Plethon

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Byzantium (medieval Greece) survived the barbarian invasions that brought the Western Roman Empire to an end in the fifth century. Medieval Greece lived for more than a millennium, for several centuries a superpower. In fact, medieval Greece spread civilization to Eastern Europe and Russia.

Modern Day Knights Return To Jerusalem

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Anav Silverman

While the functions of the Order of St. Lazarus are slightly different today in Jerusalem -- it no longer treats lepers and wounded knights -- the organization seeks to heal minds, spirits and bodies regardless of religious and political borders.

Jesus To Church Leaders: 'How Dare You In My Name?'

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The history of Christianity is marked by violent acts that do not bring to mind images of peace or love, acts that are antithetical to Jesus' life and ministry and that fly in the face of his most important teaching: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

Pope Francis And The Future Of Catholic-Muslim Relations

Daniel Tutt | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Daniel Tutt

If St. Francis' love for all of God's creation, animals, plants, rivers and mountains is alive and with us today, just like his ascetic mission of poverty, then so is his bold peacemaking with the Muslim world. This is a mission worthy of his name, and one can only hope that the current Pope Francis heeds this call.

1,000-Year-Old Coins Unearthed At Crusader Battleground

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2012 | World

HERZLIYA, Israel, July 11 (Reuters) - A 1,000-year-old hoard of gold coins has been unearthed at a famous Crusader battleground where Christian and ...