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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY Evaluative Essay Two Submitted to Professor Philip G. Brown, In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of 201920 HIEU201-B05 History of Western Civilization I By Tyler Farmer March 4 th , 2019.
Introduction The 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. Body The first crusade was believed to be a battle between Muslims and Christians. Merton has an article titled “Was the first crusade really a battle against Islam?” 1 Merton 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.” 2 As 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

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