Rodney Stark, “God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades”–my review

God's Battalions: The Case for the CrusadesGod’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book is rather concise, so it is perhaps not ideal as your first book on this topic. Really the author is not just trying to give you the basics on the so-called ‘Crusades’ (a word invented centuries after the fact), but trying to reveal, successfully I think, how distorted and biased Western scholarship has been in approaching this hot topic. An excellent read, but if this is your first book on the topic, don’t stop, because it is only one piece of a much larger puzzle. All in all, this is a masterful deconstruction of Occidentalist scholarship.

View all my reviews

Advertisements

Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I live in Madrid now where I teach and minister. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. I am at-large lecturer and researcher in Muslim-Christian relations at The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies (www.tciis.org), and deacon at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. Visit my blog (duanemiller.wordpress.com) or academia.edu page for more information or to have me speak at your church, university or seminary.

One thought on “Rodney Stark, “God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades”–my review”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s