Christians in History

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MakeAmerica

[Actually, there is  considerable  debate  between  scholars  over whether George Washington actually was a Christian.  Readers are free to click the links and study the  controversy  for themselves.]

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History and the Christian Faith

https://probe.org/history-and-the-christian-faith/

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10 Historical Myths About World Christianity

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/10-historical-myths-about-world-christianity

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Unmythical Martyrs
A review of “The Myth of Persecution

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/04/unmythical-martyrs

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The Historicity for the Martyrdom of the Apostles

http://sententias.org/2013/10/21/the-historicity-for-the-martyrdom-of-the-apostles/

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The Death of the Twelve Apostles
How their martyrdom evidences Easter

http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/content/Parchmentandpen/DeathoftheApostles.pdf

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Were the Early Christians Really Persecuted?

http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/were-the-early-christians-really-persecuted/

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The only reasonable explanation for [these] details is that Luke was writing a first hand eyewitness account of what he witnessed.

http://humblesmith.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/the-bible-as-history-minor-details-in-the-book-of-acts/

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Has Christianity been bad for the world?

http://chab123.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/what-if-jesus-had-never-been-born-2/?vm=r&s=1

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Doesn’t [Christianity] cause killing?

http://www.godevidence.com/2011/02/doesnt-religion-cause-killing/

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What’s So Great About Christianity

http://fora.tv/2008/12/07/Dinesh_DSouza_Whats_So_Great_About_Christianity

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The Crusades:

 The Crusades: When Christendom Pushed Back

http://thenewamerican.com/index.php/history/world/2876-when-christendom-pushed-back

[Waddya mean “back“?   The Crusades were  unprovoked   Christian   aggression   against   peace-loving  Muslims.]

[ Christians  are  morons .]

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Westerners in general (and Roman Catholics in particular) find the Crusades a deeply embarrassing episode in their history.  As the Ridley Scott movie Kingdom of Heaven graphically proclaimed, the Crusades were unprovoked campaigns of intolerance preached by deranged churchmen and fought by religious zealots against a sophisticated and peaceful Muslim world.  According to the Hollywood [and Islamic] version[s], the blind violence of the Crusades gave birth to jihad, as the Muslims fought to defend themselves and their world…  [F]or [many modern Muslims] a continuing Western crusade [is] an article of faith.  Having less to do with historical reality than with reactions to imperialism, the [Arab] nationalist and Islamist interpretations of crusade history help many [Muslims], moderates as well as extremists, to place the exploitation they believe they have suffered in a ‘historical’ context and to satisfy their feelings of both superiority and humiliation…  If the Crusades spawned anti-Western jihads, isn’t it reasonable to see them as the root cause of the current jihads?  The answer [based on the actual historical evidence] is no, but to understand it requires more than the scant minutes journalists [and other liberals] are usually willing to [devote to research]…  Osama bin Laden [and other] recent Islamist[s] ha[ve] adopt[ed] this useful myth to characterize the actions of the West as a continual Crusade against Islam.  [But t]hat is the Crusades’ only connection with modern Islamist terrorism.  And yet, so ingrained is this notion that the Crusades began the modern European assault on Islam that many moderate Muslims still believe it. 

It is [also] generally thought [by both Muslims and their liberal allies — including those in the mainstream left wing media] that Christians attacked Muslims without provocation to seize their lands and forcibly convert them.  The Crusaders [ liberals wrongly believe —] were Europe’s lacklands and ne’er-do-wells, who marched against the infidels out of blind zealotry and a desire for booty and land.  As such, the Crusades betrayed Christianity itself…  Every word of this [myth, though] is wrong.  Historians of the Crusades have long known that it is wrong, but they find it extraordinarily difficult to be heard across a chasm of entrenched [left wing, anti-Christ-ian] preconceptions… 

[Nevertheless,  scholars] continue to write our scholarly books and articles, learning more and more about the Crusades but scarcely able to be heard [due to overt leftist censorship and covert disinterest in anything which falsifies their beliefs].  And when we are heard, we are dismissed as daft…  One of the most profound misconceptions about the Crusades is that they represented a perversion of a religion whose founder preached meekness, love of enemies, and nonresistance… [But] on the matter of violence Christ was not as clear as pacifists like to think.  He praised the faith of the  Roman centurion  [a soldier with authority] but did not condemn his [violent, military] profession.  At the Last Supper he  told  his disciples, ‘Let him who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one…  St. Paul  said  of secular authorities, ‘He does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer‘…  For Christians, therefore, violence [is] ethically neutral, since it [can] be employed either for evil or against it…  [T]he concept that violence is intrinsically evil belongs solely to the modern world.  It is not Christian… 

All the Crusades met the criteria of just wars.  They came about in reaction attacks against Christians or their Church.  The First Crusade was called in 1095 in response to the recent Turkish conquest of Christian Asia Minor, as well as the much earlier Arab conquest of the Christian-held Holy Land.  The second was called in response to the Muslim conquest of Edessa in 1144.  The third was called in response to the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem and most other Christian lands in the Levant in 1187.  In each case, the faithful went to war to defend Christians, to punish the attackers, and to right terrible wrongs…  By pushing back Muslim aggression and restoring Eastern Christianity, the Crusaders were — at great peril to themselves (many [wealthy] noble families impoverished themselves by crusading) — imitating the Good Samaritan… 

Historians have long known that the image of the Crusader as an adventurer seeking his fortune is exactly backward.  The vast majority of Crusaders returned home as soon as they had fulfilled their vow.  What little booty they could acquire was more than spent on the journey itself.  One is hard pressed to name a single returning Crusader who broke even, let alone made a profit on the journey.  And those who returned were the lucky ones…  [R]ecent studies show that around one-third of knights and nobility died on crusade.  The death rates for lower classes were even higher.
Thomas F. Madden, Ph.D. (History); Chairman, Department of History, Saint Louis University.

https://www.firstthings.com/article/2009/06/inventing-the-crusades

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Four Myths about the Crusades

http://www.firstprinciplesjournal.com/articles.aspx?article=1483

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Crusades, Inquisitions, Witch-hunts, etc.

http://www.clayjones.net/2014/04/crusades-inquisitions-witch-hunts-etc/ 

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The Truth about the Crusades

http://www.clayjones.net/2014/04/the-truth-about-the-crusades/

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The “Christian” Crusades: Battles & Morives

http://www.allaboutgod.com/crusades.htm

http://www.allaboutgod.com/crusades-2.htm

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Hollywood vs. History

http://www.equip.org/articles/hollywood-vs-history/

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Inventing the Crusades

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2009/06/inventing-the-crusades

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The Real History of the Crusades: A series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics?  Think again.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/channel/utilities/print.html?type=article&id=93211

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On the Spanish Inquisition

http://www.tektonics.org/qt/spaninq.html

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Christianity’s Real Record

https://www.str.org/publications/christianity-s-real-record

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Is Christianity Good or Bad for Mankind?

http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.4496493/k.5E96/Charity_and_Compassion_Christianity_Is_Good_for_Culture.htm

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The Development of Modern Culture – Critical Role of Christianity Downplayed

https://www.probe.org/the-development-of-modern-culture-critical-role-of-christianity-downplayed/

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God’s Philosophers
How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science

http://www.book2look.co.uk/vBook.aspx?id=iTjIzpNvWj

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Contrast this with the medieval West’s eager adoption of technologies that had been invented elsewhere.

http://www.intercollegiatereview.com/index.php/2014/02/10/how-the-west-won-but-western-civ-lost/

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The Myth of the Dark Ages

https://ischristianitytrue.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/the-myth-of-the-dark-ages/

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Luther and the Reformation

http://s3.amazonaws.com/ligonier-static-media/uploads/attachments/store_product/5861/STUDYGUIDE_LutherReformation.pdf

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Hitler Had Developed a ‘God Complex,’ According to WWII Documents
German Dictator Believed He Was ‘Incarnation of Spirit of Good’

http://www.christianpost.com/news/hitler-had-developed-a-god-complex-according-to-wwii-documents-74389/

[Wait a minute, wasn’t  Hitler  a  Christian  himself  ? ]

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“Was Hitler a Darwinian?” Reviewing Robert Richards

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/01/was_hitler_a_da080761.html
&
http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/01/ignoring_eviden080851.html

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“… didn’t the [European] ‘wars of religion’ in the Reformation era show beyond any doubt that religion is absolutist, divisive, and irrational and therefore prone to violence?

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2010/04/pacifying-violence

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America’s Founding Fathers:

The “Establishment” clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (in full):

Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF…

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/12/our_forefathers_business.html

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[Atheist] Gleason… is now apologizing to the secular community after news broke that The Jefferson Library Collection at Monticello could not find any such quote from the third U.S. president…

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/atheist-group-takes-down-billboard-with-inaccurate-anti-christian-jefferson-quote/

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Pera happens to be an atheist.  Yet he recognizes the importance of acknowledging ‘the need to defend the founding [i.e. Christian] principles of our own tradition.’

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/12/02/why-we-should-call-ourselves-christians/print/

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Was the United States of American Founded As A Christian Nation?  A Look at the Facts

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/was-the-united-states-of-american-founded-as-a-christian-nation-a-look-at-the-facts/

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… the work of [Christian] missionaries like [John] Mackenzie turns out to be the single largest factor in ensuring the health of nations.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/channel/utilities/print.html?type=article&id=114882

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A History of American Christianity

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/20160/20160-h/20160-h.htm

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The Abolitionists

Despised and often attacked, they courageously carried the slaves’ cause for thirty years.  Why have these inescapably Christian men and women been forgotten?

http://www.christianitytoday.com/global/printer.html?/ch/1992/issue33/3321.html

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