The Mongols in Russia

The war in Ukraine is a reminder that there is nothing new under the sun ( Ecc. 1:9). This is because warfare in the region of Ukraine has been nearly constant for centuries. Few people know, for example, that the Mongols under Genghis Khan conquered the Kievan Rus (now Ukraine) in the 13th Century and […]

Let’s Revisit the Crusades_God’s Battalions by Rodney Stark

Let’s Revisit the Crusades_God’s Battalions by Rodney Stark

I remember watching Hollywood’s epic production of the Kingdom of Heaven and wondering just how much was factual especially when it came to the much noted chivalry of Saladin. Was he really the very picture of the western knight in eastern garb and were the Templar’s as bad as the movie made them out to […]

The Mongols in Poland

A number of years ago my wife and I and some other Americans visited Poland on a mission’s trip. We were in the Krakow area and made side trips into the Czech Republic and Slovokia. While in Poland my wife came across a monument commemorating a battle against the Mongols! I was teaching somewhere else and never did […]

Does the Qu’ran and the Bible Teach Jihad?

I hope you are intrigued by the title of this post and the link below and read on! Go to the below link last. Is the Bible your puppet? Exegesis vs. Eisegesis. I’ve been slowly going through Robert Spencer’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades. One interesting feature is how Spencer will […]

The Back Story to the First Crusade

One of the charges made against the west when the west responds to terrorism (Iraq, Afghanistan) is that the west is on a crusade against Islam. The use of the word “crusade” is used to remind Moslems that in the 11th Century the west did begin to launch crusades spurred on by western popes who […]