Onward, Christian Soldiers: The complicated legacy of the Crusades (COMMENTARY)


(RNS1-JULY26) An undated illustration shows the taking of the Greek city of Edessa in 1097 during the First Crusade. Accused Norwegian murderer Anders Behring Breivik considers himself a modern-day crusader. See RNS-CHRISTIAN-TERRORIST, transmitted July 26, 2011. Religion News Service photo, courtesy of The History Channel/Bettmann/Corbis.

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(RNS) The term "Crusades" is not some sort of benign, even quaint, historical reference.