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Sunday, June 6, 2010
One of the Best Books I've Ever Read
God's Battalions by Rodney Stark! This was a revelation to me. It’s a popular work so it’s not real heavy history, but the presentation of the crusades and especially controversial things like the sack of Constantinople are presented in a totally different light from the way the American media and education system in general has taught us to perceive them. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Well written and thoroughly researched this is a definite must buy from last year.
"...when [a man] puts a thing on a pedestal and calls it beautiful, he demands the same delight from others. He judges not merely for himself, but for all men, and then speaks of beauty as if it were a property of things. Thus he says that the thing is beautiful; and it is not as if he counts on others agreeing with him in his judgment of liking owing to his having found them in such agreement on a number of occasions, but he demands this agreement of them. He blames them if they judge differently, and denies them taste, which he still requires of them as something they ought to have; and to this extent it is not open to men to say: Every one has his own taste. This would be equivalent to saying that there is no such thing as taste, i.e. no aesthetic judgment capable of making a rightful claim upon the assent of all men."