Appeared in Vol. 1 No. 2
In this provocative study, John H. Cleland takes up the problem of the crusade. Beginning with the question of whether or not the use of physical coercion even killing can be a truly Christian action, the author analyzes the pertinent sources to lay the foundations of a crusade theology. Such a theology has broad and obvious implications in the modern world. A thorough study, Cleland’s article will be divided into two major parts, the second to appear in the next (Winter 1975-76) issue. In that issue he will conclude with an examination of the ethos of Christian knighthood. In the rst part, which follows, he concerns himself with the basic underpinnings of the crusade ideal in philosophy, justice and Scripture.
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