"This is the generation of the great LEVIATHAN, or rather, to speak more reverently of that mortal god, to which we own under the immortal God, our peace and defense." -Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan
The Crusades as an act of love and justice, interesting stuff
As I continue to work on producing and editing an educational video on the crusades for our local public access channel, I thought I’d share a written excerpt of some of the material that will be covered. Some of this might be a bit of a shock for those whose average view of the crusades and the middle ages comes from movies like “Kingdom of Heaven” and the average middle school textbook.
It may come as a surprise that in the minds of both clergy and laity, crusading was deeply tied to the ideal of Christian love. Since love is considered one of the most fundamental (if not chief) of Christian virtues, ethics of war and violence have always been, and will continue to be seen in light of what true love is.
In his groundbreaking 1980 article “Crusading as an Act of Love” in the journal
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