God’s Battalions: The case for the Crusades

Rodney Stark (HarperCollins, 2009) At first glance the subtitle of this most recent book by Rodney Stark is rather provocative, perhaps even distasteful. No doubt this is intentional – both on the part of the author and the publisher. “The case for the Crusades”? It raises the question: is Stark seriously trying to argue that [...]

I’ve been ruminating about….gratitude

I met her at our annual high school prizegiving. We were sipping wine in the Principal’s office before the ceremony, so I introduced myself as a board member and then inquired in what capacity she was there. And so began her story. She had traveled down from Auckland especially for the occasion, to present a [...]