Christian History has some great moments and also some terrible moments. The Crusades (from roughly 1096 to 1291, though there were some ‘minor’ crusades after this time period) are a period of history that Christians are often denigrated and made to feel guilt over. Christians will readily agree with their opponents that many disgusting and barbaric things were done in the name of Christ during the Crusades against the Muslims and Jews. “But the crusaders were real Christians. They deplored their sins. They longed for forgiveness. They loved fellow Christians in the East. They yearned to do something noble and lasting for their Lord. They prayed and fasted before battles and praised God after victories. Their devotion and courage make ours look juvenile.”
This paper will explore the factors and events of the Crusades briefly with a focus specifically on how missions and the desire to win the unsaved for Christ are related to the Crusades are related. While there were no large missionary movements (at least during the first four Crusades), there were some who had the desire to lead the Muslims and others to Christ during this time period.