And so it ends in Mosul, Iraq . . . .
Meanwhile — as if one can slip from the contents of the above article with a helpless sigh — Tom Holland, a historian whose books I’ve much enjoyed — “Unlike most historians, Tom Holland writes books which bring the past to life” — has gone a bit funny with his gushiness over Christianity . . . .
It came from
Michael Bird: Tom Holland: Why I Was Wrong about Christianity (2016-09-16)
Darrell Pursiful: Tom Holland Was Wrong about Christianity (2016-09-16)
Larry Hurtado: Tom Holland and Hurtado on Early Christianity (2016-10-10)
and no doubt others I missed.
The reason I mention him in this context is that he has most recently he has produced a Channel 4 doco for the BBC that I have not seen, but I have read first, a rebuttal of a rebuttal of the doco, and then I read the rebuttal of the doco. I found both worth thinking about.
First, the one I also read first, the rebuttal of the rebuttal of Tom Holland’s doco:
Yes, there is no basis for critics of Atran and co to say that there is no religious role in terrorism. Of course religion plays a part. But I am being slightly misleading and I think just slightly twisting a little Philip Wood’s message by putting it like that. Religion is obviously a component of Islamic State and those who act barbarically in sympathy with that group. To get a fuller picture I think one must, must, read the article that Wood is addressing:
No, Channel 4: Islam is not responsible for the Islamic State by Peter Oborne
Oborne’s article is much longer so set aside some free time before deciding to read it. Both articles together, I think, are worthy initiators of questions and thinking through issues.
The latter, Oborne’s article, also contains links to other material that looks interesting and worth knowing about and that I have already begun to follow up, a webpage and two books that look like necessary additions to my little library on terrorism.
Informed discussion …. something that sometimes seems to be sorely lacking in this area.
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