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Reply To: How should we deal with the topic of the Crusades, both in our own thinking and in engagement with Muslims?

Clay Shackelford

First, I think we should consider how the Church got so out of line. If we don’t know what we believe about violence and interfaith relations, we might fall into a similar trap again.

Second, reconciling this with my own thinking is complex. How did the Church get so completely outside of the will of Christ? Were the crusaders even truly followers of Jesus?

Lastly, I must consider my Muslim neighbor. I must consider the centuries-old trauma that the Church I belong to inflicted upon their ancestors. This can’t be something I just ask them to forgive and forget, this must be something that I recognize and rebuke.