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The Crusades: its Legacy and Representation of ChristianWorldview.
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
The Crusades: Its Legacy and Representation of Christian Worldview I. Thesis Statement An investigation into the justification and the cause of the crusade whether it represented the Christian worldview and whether its legacy has been positively beneficial to the Western World.
The call for a crusade gained momentum with the sermon of Pope Urban the II in a religious gathering at the Clermont, France in November 27, 1095 where called for arms to reclaim the Holy Land1 (Tyrman 2004, 26-28). The call to arms was “a war answering God's command, authorized by a legitimate authority, the pope, who by virtue of the power seen as vested in him as Vicar of Christ, identified the war's object and offered to those who undertook it full remission of the penalties of confessed sins and a package of related temporal privileges, including church protection of the family and property2” (Tyrman 2004, 30). Those who will die in battle was to be regarded as martyrs and could expect eternal salvation as the crusade is considered as a response of vow made to God3 (Riley-Smith 2008, 9). III. The Reason of the Crusade There were many ancillary reasons why the crusade was launched. Scholars argue that the crusades were launched primarily for economic and political reason because Europe at that time was in a state of war and famine that the crusade is a convenient way out of it. Others argue for adventurism while others asserted that it was for religious aggrandizement. It cannot be denied however that at the core of the crusade is religious fervor. ...
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