LIBERTY UNIVERSITYEvaluative Essay TwoSubmitted to Professor Philip G. Brown,In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of201920 HIEU201-B05History of Western Civilization IByTyler FarmerMarch 4th, 2019.
IntroductionThe crusades were a religious battle in which we saw many signs of struggle, pain, conflict, fighting, and death. In the first crusade we saw a battle between Islam and Christianity, a religious war, a war where both religions worship the same God. However, was this war really over the difference of religion or the land of Jerusalem? If this was a battle over the Holy land then it shouldn’t matter who owns it, considering all religions discussed welcome those who want to be a part that faith. BodyThe first crusade was believed to be a battle between Muslims and Christians. Merton hasan article titled “Was the first crusade really a battle against Islam?”1Merton starts by sharing of how the first crusade started. He explains that the Turks had been migrating, seizing many lands along the way. Merton writes, “This defeat and the sustained inroads made by the Turks into Christian territory over the following years provoked calls for holy war in support of an ailing Byzantium. In 1095 this culminated in the First Crusade.”2As they began to take land of the Holy City of Jerusalem. Many Christians were upset by this and wanted to reclaim what they considered theirs. Reading this, many would believe that because of the differences today