This is a misunderstanding of the culture before world war 2.
I suggest a thorough study of history. The world used to be and still is people competing for limited resources. As a result the people of Europe who were conquerors built a warrior culture over several millenia. It was the only way to survive. Eventually the church came and “Christianized them” but that doesn’t mean they stopped being conquerors.
You really need to understand history better. The crusades were nearly a thousand years ago. But the abortion genocide is going on right now and is openly supported by atheists.
Expecting Christianity to apologize for the Crusades is like expecting Poland to apologize for WWII.
“The crusades were in every way a defensive war. They were the West’s belated response to the Muslim conquest of fully two-thirds of the Christian world.” — Professor Thomas Madden
I know Catholics have apologized for their association with Hitler…as for the rest, I don’t know.
As far as the witch trials, no I don’t believe there’s been an apology. However, as a Christian, I feel no need to do so. I am not responsible for the actions of individuals who just happen to claim Christianity, but that I totally disagree with.
You should have added Bush to the list…LOL. I’m not responsible for that either, as I didn’t vote for him either time.
Christians don’t need to apologize for these things when they weren’t alive during them. You can absolve yourself from guilt for what your predecessors did, but you won’t admit they were wrong?
I guess I might agree with that…
But my question is, why are you still following a ‘perfect’ religion that was wrong so many times in the past?
John Paul II issued some apologies during Vatican II, but lots of people and institutions have things to apologize for and don’t, not just Christians. It’s a fact of life. Lots of people aren’t sorry for the evil they’ve done. Also, though, those things happened several hundred years ago. There are much more important things for people to be apologizing for today.
I have no intention of apologizing for the crusades for two simple
1. I had not part in them.
2. The Crusades were a defense, not an offense.
You wanna go around apologizing for what other people did years ago,
then be my quest. I cannot stand the peacenik apologizers around
these days. We have no reason to apologize for this any more than
we should be apologizing for blacks who were slaves. People were
on tv last night asking if Obama since now he’s been elected, will
carry out their wish to have the United States apologize for slaves.
I certainly hope he doesn’t, because I have bleak news for them:
The truth is that when slaves were brought to the Coasts of
America, THEY WERE ALREADY SLAVES> If we hadn’t taken them,
someone worse would have. They were enslaved by their OWN PEOPLE when they would have one clan or tribe invade another
tribe and take the people and sell them as slaves. We did not go
over to Africa like the movie Roots said, and take little black children
away from their mommies. That never happened. Not only were
they already slaves, but they should be thanking us and God Himself because those slaves who ended up here, gave the best possible
life and future as a gift to their decendants who enjoy the benefits
of this Nation just the same as I do.
Apologize? I think not.
“Religion” isn’t responsible. People are responsible. Religion is just an excuse when people in power find it a convenient means of getting others to carry out their will. NOTHING in the Biblical doctrines which are the basis of Christian beliefs call for or justify the atrocities you cite. (And by the one, if you were better informed you would know that today’s scholars will tell you that most of what you THINK you know about the Inquisition’s horrors are mythical, and were the result of propaganda produced to vilify the Catholic Church. In your case, a legend simply served to support your own mythology as well.) [NOTE: I am NOT a Catholic. Far from it. I’m simply stating facts.]
Secondly, Christians today are not responsible for the sins of previous centuries. (Nor have all the Christian groups you list benefited from those sins of long ago, if you are suggesting such.)
Plus, the premise is illogical. I am an English speaker. Am I responsible for and needing to apologize for the sins of all previous English speakers? I have German ancestors. Should I apologize for medieval pogroms? How about Hitler? How about Democrats and Republicans? Should they apologize for the devastating errors of judgment made by members of their political party who held various governmental offices in the past? (I doubt that you believe so — because your actual intention is to bash the beliefs of others. Intolerant bigots have that tendency.)
Mormons claim to be of Christian “lineage”. Should they “apologize” for the Crusades?
While we are at it, should all living atheists apologize for the sins of histories most blood-thirsty atheists? (Of course, here’s where the excuses start, saying that Stalin was ACTUALLY Russian Orthodox, blah, blah, blah and Mao was blah, blah, blah…………….)
Looking to the past is destructive. No one has ever apologized to me for anything done to my ancestors (Mennonites). Why should they bother with anything like this?
Edit: I don’t need an apology. What happened, happened. It is past history and what is important is the rest of my life, not something that happened before I was born.
Christianity is not properly represented by the Inquisition and the Salem Witch Trials. Though these things happened in the name of “Christianity” it does not mean that this is what Christianity teaches. Instead, Christianity professes conversion by love not by torture. Those who you used coercive means did so against the Christian scriptures.
Matt. 5:43-44, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ 44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”
Rom. 16:19, “For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good, and innocent in what is evil.”
Col. 4:5-6, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.”
1 Tim. 3:7, “And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he may not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”
There have been times in the Christian church where those who have claimed to follow Christ have done horrible things. They have done these things not because Christ teaches them to, but because they have not listened to the word of God. As is frequently established in history when anyone comes into complete political and military control that abuse almost always follows. The Inquisition was a Roman Catholic invention intended to root out all sorts of “heresies.” The Inquisition used torturous means to force confessions out of people. Thousands were killed mercilessly and unjustly. The Protestant Reformation distances itself from the Catholic Inquisition. However, it has its own sordid history and the witch trials we had here in America among some Puritans is an example. They allowed their paranoia and ignorance to overtake reason and scripture. As a result, many people were killed because they were accused of being witches — and they weren’t.
Again, this does not mean that Christianity is false anymore than the police force is false because one or two cops did bad things in the name of the law. Instead of looking at the two cops, the whole of the police force, its goals, other cops, and its history of sacrifice and protection must be examined as well. The same as Christianity. It has a great history of helping countless people, establishing orphanages, building shelters, helping famine ravaged countries, and seeking to aid the downtrodden.
If anyone wishes to condemn Christianity because of the failures of its members, then will they also look at its successes and approve of Christianity? It would only be fair to look at the whole of Christian history and more importantly at what the Bible actually teaches, in particular the New Testament, from which Christianity is derived.
Believe in Christianity because Jesus Christ claimed to be God in flesh, died for our sins, rose from the dead, and has given us the New Testament. Believe in Jesus because He performed miracles in front of eyewitnesses and He said that He was the way the truth in a life (John 14:6). Believe Christianity because of who Jesus is, not because of what some so called Christians did in error.