God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

by Rodney Stark


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The truth about the Christian Crusades and Muslim Jihad.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061582608
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/09/2010
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 464,796
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Rodney Stark is the Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University. His thirty books on the history and sociology of religion include The Rise of Christianity, Cities of God, For the Glory of God, Discovering God, and The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success. Stark received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Philip Jenkins

“GOD’S BATTALIONS launches a frontal assault on the comfortable myths that scholars have popularized about the crusades. The results are startling. His greatest achievement is to make us see the crusaders on their own terms.”

Jeffrey Burton Russell

“At last, a convincing, balanced book on the Crusades, far from the recent unsophisticated and ideological diatribes against them as “A Bad Thing.” Rodney Stark demonstrates that the Crusades were neither unprovoked nor colonialist. Here is yet another rich and readable book from this thoughtful and distinguished author.”

From the Publisher

"Filled with fascinating historical glimpses of monks and Templars, priests and pilgrims, kings and contemplatives, Stark pulls it all together and challenges us to reconsider our view of the Crusades." —-Publishers Weekly

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