In 1095, Pope Urban II called most of western Europe to undertake what would become known as the First Crusade: the reconquest of the Holy Land from Muslim occupation. The aims of the crusading movement have been much debated and frequently condemned, and so have the results. At this session, we shall refer to primary sources and recent scholarship in this field in order to arrive at an objective evaluation of this prominent aspect of the history of Christianity.
To what extent can the crusades be justified? And what can these events of the past teach us about the current tensions in the Holy Land?
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Rev. Edward P. Pepka, Ph.D., was a missionary in Kenya, East Africa, from 1987 to 1991. He has served his home parish in Natick, Massachusetts, several parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento, and St. Francis Catholic High School, Sacramento, where he was the full-time chaplain. He has taught graduate theology in Massachusetts, Kenya, and California. He was an adjunct professor of Theology at the University of Sacramento. He is an expert in early Church history, particularly the early papacy. His general expertise covers the history of the Catholic tradition.