Mohammed and his followers started taking over towns by violence, just as ISIS is now. Within 100 years, they had spread from the Middle East, across North Africa, and through the Iberian peninsula. They even entered France. To the West, the Moslems reached India.
The Christians, otoh, were still being persecuted and martyred off and on for 300 years. They did not do anything like what the Moslems did.
The Church has always been against forced conversions, but there were a few cases in which this occurred, usually for political reasons *by rulers, *not by priests or laypeople under the orders of the hierarchy.
Is it so difficult to believe that pagans of that time would be attracted to a religion where the deity did what He did for love?
so many Christians seem to have done atrocious things, like reducing religious freedeom of muslims and jews, making them pay heavy taxes, killing them if they didn’t convert, expelling them from countries, enslaving them. and not many people, church hierarchy included, really said or did anything about it
Actually, very few *Catholics *did this–I don’t know about non-Catholic Christians doing this. When these things happened, it was usually done by the secular authorities, often for secular reasons. Sometimes those reasons were actually good–some acted as spies for other nations or groups or heretics disturbing soceity’s peace–but sometimes the reasons were bad: like expelling the Jews because rhe king owed them a lot of money.
ca’nt really deny that anti-Semitism has been in the church for a long time
The Jews weren’t enamoured of the Christians either.
Quote]I understand that we are made up of sinners and the church is hospital for the sick. but it really seems like everyone felt lilke what they were doing was justified.
I feel like somehow we have failed at being the light of Christ for the most part. except for the small number of saints
It is unfortunate that in this day and age, history is often written by those who do not have a Catholic point of view, and who are philosophically descended from the anti-Catholic “Enlightenment.” Thus, that which was a good thing at the time is now portrayed as being wicked. Our current concept of authority differs from the Catholic concept, so there is little recognition of the boundaries Catholic rulers operated under. Saints are the outliers modern historians allow to be good.
If we had failed so badly in being the light of Christ, Catholicism would never have spread as it did, since it was spread for the most part by peaceful missionaries and accepted voluntarily.