God's Battalions by Rodney Stark
The Case for the Crusades

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In God’s Battalions, distinguished scholar Rodney Stark puts forth a controversial argument that the Crusades were a justified war waged against Muslim terror and aggression. Stark, the author of The Rise of Christianity, reviews the history of the seven major crusades from 1095-1291 in this fascinating work of religious revisionist history.
 

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Rodney Stark is one of the leading authorities on the sociology of religion. For many years, the Pulitzer Prize nominee was professor of sociology and professor of comparative religion at the University of Washington. In 2004 he became Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and codirector of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He has authored more than 150 scholarly articles and 32 books, including several widely used sociology textbooks and best-selling titles like The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion, God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades, and The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success.
 
Published September 16, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 292 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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In One True God: Historical Consequences of Monotheism, sociologist of religion Stark examined the nature of God, the wrath of God, the kingdom of God, the grace of God and the "chosen" of God.

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therefore, Buddhism died out in India because it was too intellectual and did not offer a satisfying divinity (unlike Hinduism, which Stark declares is really monotheistic, despite much evidence to the contrary).

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Frequently in the crosshairs of critics are the Christian wars against Muslims known as the Crusades, commonly viewed as the birth of European imperialism and the forced spread of Christianity.

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Portland Book Review

The detail provided on the cultures explored is incredible, allowing a reader to get a full look at those cultures, be it the Muslims or Europeans.

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The New American

the problem, he maintains, is that such claims are made in ignorance of the circumstances of Islamic dhimmitude: “What may have misled so many historians is that most contributors to ‘Arabic science’ were given Arabic names and their works were published in Arabic — that being the ‘official’ lang...

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The Christian Century

A growing number of young people do not get their news from television at all (let alone from newspapers), but follow breaking events-from the death of Michael Jackson to the earthquake in Haiti-by reading firsthand accounts posted by everyday individuals on Facebook, Twitter and other electronic...

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