posted on Jul, 21 2005 @ 09:13 PM
Originally posted by intrepid
Very nice post the_oleneo, it seems that Islam followed pretty much the same path as Christianity. Not surprising given the times. The Dark Ages were
practically the same and this lovely era also gave us the Crusades.
BTW, where did you come by the knowledge for your post?
Will Durant, from his great work, "The Story of Civilization: The Age of Faith".
The Crusades didn't really began in the late 11th century. It began with Heraclius, the Emperor of the Byzantine Empire and was known as the First
Crusader. He was one amazing warrior-king. It wasn't Islam he was crusading against. It was the Romans' ancient enemy, the Persian Empire. Heraclius
basically weakened it, allowing Mohammed's followers to destroy it later on.
Remember, Christianity didn't start out the same way as the faithful of Islam did in the first 100 years. It was only after the death of Constantine
the Great, the Christian church leaders throughout the Roman Empire began to assert their powers and expand their controls over the divided Roman
Empires and beyond. Subsequently, the Germanic tribes that converted to Christianity also asserted their powers over Europe and hence the Christians
of the 5th and 6th centuries were not the same as the Christians of the 1st and 2nd centuries. Things got really bloodier and deadlier as political
controls of territories and resources got all tangled up with the competition between the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the
Christian sects. Somehow, the translation of Jesus' gospels got lost in between.
[edit on 7/21/2005 by the_oleneo]