Christ & Islam

Monday, 02 Jul 2012

"In spite of ancient and indigenous roots in these countries, Christianity is spun as 'Western' and, as we have seen, there is often too much in our own history (and current rhetoric) to lend plausibility to that caricature."
On a cold November day in 1095, Pope Urban II roused a Christendom plagued by internal wars to take up the cause of holy war against Islam. "If you must have blood," he exhorted, "bathe in the blood of infidels." With the conversion of Emperor Constantine in the early fourth century, Christian leaders had gone from being dipped in wax to their necks as candles in Nero's garden to being seated in regal splendor for imperial feasts. Increasingly, the kingdom of Christ’expanding by Word and Spirit’was identified with a civilization’expanding by sword ...

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