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Columbus and Cortez, Conquerors for Christ

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The controversy, the conquest, the mission, the vision. Columbus - conquistador or Christ-bearer? Did Christopher Columbus exploit the people of America, or did he evangelize them? What were his true goals, his motives, his reasons for undertaking the dangerous voyage? Cortez - militarist or missionary? Did Hernando Cortez subjugate the people of Mexico - or did he ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published March 15th 2006 by New Leaf Publishing Group (first published June 1992)
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Thomas Kidd
Nov 08, 2010 Thomas Kidd rated it really liked it
This book surprised me. I read it along with my son so that I could intelligently discuss it with him. I was concerned that this book would be nothing more than an apology for the West. Instead, I found a book that was intelligently written, meticulously researched, and fair in its judgments. Having never read any primary sources regarding Cortez or Columbus, I learned much concerning these faithful (if not perfect) Christians. I highly recommend it to anyone whose only knowledge of these men is ...more
Jamie
Apr 20, 2014 Jamie rated it did not like it
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Polemic from a superstitious Christian. Maybe 60% accurate factually. Eidsmoe claims the American Indians are better off with most of their people dead, their lands stolen, and their "deeply held religious beliefs" (which Eidsmoe actually claims to respect) trampled and destroyed. Better off because they were brought christian superstitions.

Like many similar superstition exploitation books, Eidsmoe starts off setting up problems, then asks "What if (some of) the Christian superstitions are true?
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Brian
Dec 02, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it
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Interesting book, and a bit surprising. Half of the book is dedicated to Columbus and the other half to Cortez.

The Columbus history was excellent, full of details, with most of the information reported by first or second person accounts. I feel that the book put the proper emphasis on why Columbus was so driven and placed him within the proper historical context.

The Cortez book was good, but difficult at times as the author described in quite a bit of detail the human sacrifice practices the Az
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Scott Shirey
Oct 31, 2015 Scott Shirey rated it it was amazing
The thing that surprised me the most is how much of the book discussed Islam. But my favorite part was the account of Cortez, and the emotional description of his friendship with Montezuma, and the respect they had for each other, though the situation had its tense moments.
Katie
May 19, 2008 Katie rated it liked it
What i learned from this book:
How fast the Aztecs could rip the hearts out of their victims, and then toss the bodies down the steps...15 seconds. Lovely book. ;)
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John Eidsmoe is a frequent lecturer and debater at colleges, universities, churches, and civics groups. As a constitutional attorney, he has successfully litigated court cases involving First Amendment religious freedom and has defended home education and Christian schools, championed the right of students and teachers to study the Bible in public schools, debated ACLU attorneys on radio and ...more
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