I have an ancestor who committed horrible atrocities, and was rewarded for them with sainthood. The older DS gets, the more the nature of his questions about our family tree change, and this weekend, good old great great great great (keep going a dozen or so more) grandpa baby killer came up.
He understands that the main goal was converting people to one set of rules (Christian law). He understands there was a lot of war, not just in Norway and Scotland, for a lot of reasons that were really about power and money, but used religion as a front. What he does not understand is why the man was granted sainthood for slaughtering thousands of people. I can explain religious fervor to him, and the difference between an extremist and a regular person of a faith. His question, and I don't have a good answer for him, is why do regular people acknowledge the sainthood of people who committed atrocities to "earn" it?
(to clarify, the particular saint in question is Olaf, but he's hardly unique in earning sainthood via crusade)
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