Have we changed much from the Crusades?

Posted: March 21, 2012 by Ty in Musings, Spirituality, Spirituality of Robin Hood
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Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood

Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robin Shoots with Sir Guy

Robin Shoots with Sir Guy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is interesting as I read yet another novel of Robin Hood, this one by Angus Donald titled, Holy Warrior, I am once again reminded of what Christendom used to be like. And the question is whether or not we have changed much.

How does this arise? Well, this novel is being told from the perspective of Alan A. Dale. Robin Hood is a sceptic of the faith, distrustful of the institution that is used to oppress the people he has fought so hard to free. This novel is set post- Sherwood, once restored when Robin is living happily ever after with Marie-Anne and he is called back to be a Crusader, but without money needs to raise funds (imagine paying for the privilige to go and die in some godforsaken world).

One scene is when Robin and Alan go to the “Jews” who have control of the money. The corrupt lord of the town has spread lies that two missing lads (that he did away with) were kidnapped by them and are now leading a warring party to annihilate.

A scape goat if you will.

Why does this come up?

Simple. It comes up because when we lean on why people leave church we have to ask ourselves have we ever been like this? Austracized the skeptic. Make it feel like you must have to pay to be a member of Christendom.  Or simply put when situations arise who are those in the church that bear the brunt of the conflicts, are they the ones that actually cause the conflict, or are they the ones that because they are different or new or not part of the in crowd become the target to deflect the conflict and controversy to preserve the norm in the “sacred” community and if those who are different leave its no major loss.

So yes, we may be less bloody as a “churh family” since the Crusades but we are still practicing the same things: conversion by coercion, paying for privilige, scape goating, and ostracization.

So does your church play sacred roulette? Are we still living a Crusader mindset of conquer or eliminate?

What do you think?


  1. Cherel says:

    It sounds like you have been hurt in a church setting and are placing the blame on the church at large rather than on those who actually hurt you.

    The first human being born on this earth, Cain, grew up to be a murderer. He murdered his brother when he perceived that God had accepted Abel’s offering and rejected his own. I guess you could call that the first “crusade.” But, please notice that it was the corrupt “religious” person who committed the atrocity, not the godly one.

    It has been the same all through history. There have always been Cains and Abels inside and outside of the church. The Cains, in both positions, place the blame for their own sins on the church or religious world at large. They attempt to destroy the good that has been and can be accomplished by the righteous with their overbroad attacks on Christendom.

    As I shared in my article on the Crusades, atrocities were committed during those endeavors; however, the movement at large was an attempt to rescue Christians from Muslim persecution, protect Holy sites, and assure the safety of Christian pilgrims visiting those sites. As you mentioned, many of the crusaders paid their own way for the “privilege to die” in the process. Their good should not be evil spoken of because others corrupted themselves.

    It is the same in the church today. Any institution or organization or community populated by humans will be afflicted with unsavory individuals who will wreak havoc at times. Jesus said the enemy sows tares among the wheat and they grow together. He said the tares will be separated from the wheat and destroyed at the proper time.

    We should endeavor to judge ourselves and make sure we are wheat and not tares, rather than trying to destroy the whole crop because.

    If you have been “hurt by people” in a local church, I suggest you look for another church. Jesus said He would build His church on The Rock (Himself) and the gates of Hell would not prevail against it. There are plenty of Abels out there.

    Grace to you! 🙂

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