There are NO Just and Holy Wars Essay

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War can often be considered an evil act, an act of aggression against another country for economic or social gain, or can be considered a noble event of justice, a defense mechanism of a protectorate country helping a country in need. However, sometimes the issue of war is mingled with religion, which brings the value of war into question. In some religions, war is considered noble and a gateway to heaven. A jihad in Islam is an example of this type, where some Muslims believe that attacking the “infidel” is considered strong promotion of their religion. However, in many religions the ethics of a Holy War, loosely defined as “any war that is regarded as a religious act or is in some way set in a direct relation to…show more content…
Through the next four centuries the Muslims would continuously battle to spread the word of Muhammed, much of which was done against Christian areas. Finally, in 1095, the Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos called upon the pope for help against the Muslims, who were warring with the Christians (Urban II). With this, Pope Urban II called the Council of Clermont and gave a speech calling for help to fellow Christians. The acts of the council were lost, but the speech was written down by spectators. Here is a sampling of what the pope said in his speech: They [Muslims] have occupied more and more of the lands of those Christians, and have overcome them in seven battles. They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire. If you permit them to continue thus for awhile with impurity, the faithful of God will be much more widely attacked by them. On this account I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ's heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends. I say this to those who are present, it meant also for those who are absent. Moreover, Christ commands it. (Urban II) Knights and soldiers of the first Crusade were forced to
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