I am in a cyber-discussion with someone who has read a lot of things about the Crusades and Inquisition painting the Church in a very unfavorable light. I know that this is just one side of the story, and I’ve read just enough apologetics on this subject to know that many of these “historical” claims have been disputed and are not entirely accurate.
Unfortunately, all I can say is that I do not believe he is getting both sides of the story. I personally have not read up much on either of these subjects. I am ill-prepared to offer books which I believe will shed a more balanced view of these events, and I want to make sure I do not do more damage than good.
I have promised him that I would try to get a list of books and authors to present the other side, and he sees open to it.
I will take any trusted work, but I would also like to include something that is perhaps a balanced view from a “non-Church” source, if available. I suspect that if I simply list a bunch of Orthodox Catholic apologetical authors, it will be less credible to him, as he has no particular love for the Church (at least not yet… we’re working on it ).
I would be indebted to any input. If there is another thread that can help, by all means re-direct me. I don’t get here all that often, and unfortunately do not have much time to review past topics.