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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?

Collin Bastian

Hi Marina,

I agree with you. It is astounding to me that people of various traditions all over the world still point to the Crusades as the fundamental failure of Christianity, which, for many, nullifies the entire project. I think it is not helped when people try to theologize or defend the claims of the Crusade, which is unfortunately not all too uncommon. Agreeing that the Crusades were bad, but also noting that they were emblematic of a flawed Christian understanding, is the path forward.