There is no great religious stagnation (or is there?)

Swedish church to use drones to drop thousands of Bibles in ISIS-controlled Iraq

The story is here, via Joel Grus.

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Forecasted cost? What about actual cost?

Good point. I want to know the actual cost in 2025 too! Stupid people and their stupid forecasts.

What exactly is the thought here? That people simply haven't had a chance to read the Bible, and if they do will instantly convert to Christianity?

Imagine a strange book falls out of the sky and has all these weird stories about why you can't eat seafood or wear polyester clothes-- and you're going to come away from this with new religious beliefs?

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More likely anyone picking up something falling from the sky to see what it is gets crucified if they don't drop it and stomp on it fast enough.

I'd sure as **** be pretty upset if a large, heavy, highly unwanted Koran bounced off my head. Talk about adding insult to injury.

Tyler, I sure hope that they are dropping the New Testament only, which is bad enough. The old Bible doesn't offer anything better than what they already have.

As an Abrahamic faith, the stories of the old and new testaments are already part of their historical and religious tradition. Updated by "the Mohammed ammendements", aka the Koran.

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The next ISIS video after this air drop is somebody getting their head chopped off for picking one up. Now, what do you Swedes do?

You know, I was thinking about the moral issue. Can we from our comfortable Western couches and pews send them subversive literature, knowing that it may mean death from those who avail themselves of the opportunity? On the other hand, isn't it their choice after all? And some Christians would say thats it or Hell and apparently God makes no exceptions for people who lived under crazy dictatorships tga ban missionary activity.
At the end of the day, I think it is like being an executioner or a torturer, they are sometimes necessary professions, but I would rather not be among their number.
Now regarding the practical question, so to speak, I don't know, maybe, just maybe, exposing the ISIS subjects to another views may help undermine its power-- or maybe not. I really don't know. Cuba has gone Communist 55 years ago and the consensus among Americans still seems to be that just another 55 years of sanctions and the Castros will be done. And Soviet missiles aside, Cuba always was a smaller problem than ISIS is now. ISIS has come to stay. The Swedish initiative may be the seem as the Long Telegram of our time.

In the early 70s, there were about a thousand terrorist bombings a year, so I guess ISIS terrorists have been destroying America for almost half a century, so I say you don't need to worry about ISIS.

It is different. ISIS, like the old Soviet Union, supplies the disgruntled with a model that challenges the West. Like Lincoln Steffens, they look up to the ISIS-held territory and say, "I have seen the future, and it works". Make no mistake, ISIS is the focus of evil in the modern world.

Your 'modern world' made ISIS, & all its sick, suicidal predecessors

Take a good look in the mirror.

Yeah, is is why those movements only prosper in backwards countries... It is funny how our little Taliban boys here in the West envy their braver and more successfu Eastern counterparts

I have a theory that God spends most of His time being drunk. This theory is based entirely on empirical observation. That's why He gave us alcohol. He wants us to drink too. Trump is a complete non-drinker, which is the sign of the anti-Christ.

I'd say leaden humor is a lot more likely tell tale sign. Which isn't to say your cringeworthy joke means you are the anti-Christ, but it bears watching.

About 1% as convoluted and ridiculous as the explanations for why Obama might be the anti-Christ.

Reading the OT might have the effect it had on Randolph Churchill: "God, isn't God a shit!"

Are there any interesting and chariming village atheists or are they all cloying and bitter like dearime.

Do you disagree that the God of the OT was vile? What do you particularly like about him? The genocide? What?

Hmmm ... unless the Islamic State agrees to pay the Swedes to stop sending them Bibles, the Coase theorem fails yet again!

A case study from the other countries. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-sends-balloons-filled-with-toilet-paper-and-rubbish-over-border-as-propaganda-war-a6849146.html

Since ISIL is already openly operating in the other countries, the responses could be much stronger than that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balloon_propaganda_campaigns_in_Korea

"""The Christian activists have been accused of being more interested in proselytizing than actually saving people. For instance, a balloon landing on the roof of a farmer's house could bring trouble to the family. Furthermore, Christian literature is an especially dangerous material to have in North Korea.[44]"""

A friend semi-seriously suggested dropping whisky and porn on ISIS positions, which I suppose is another expression of Western cultural exceptionality.

This worked a treat in Serbia in the late '90's

Most comments on this post seem to assume that Christianity is false. Some have assumed that these are paper-and-ink books, when the article states that they are electronic.

Do consider the possibility that there really is truth, that Jesus really is who he said he was. He said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father, but by me."

If Jesus was right, then spreading his message is an amazing act of mercy, even though some of those who receive it will be killed for their faith. Jesus also said, "Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."

Fashionable atheism is about the only source of status the bulk of this blog's readers have.

"If Jesus was right, then spreading his message is an amazing act of mercy"
No, it is not, it is just the act of appeasing a hungry devil no better than Allah.
"Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."
Don't fear this set of murderers, fear that bigger, meaner murderer (but then He is more like a torturer, right?).

"Fashionable atheism is about the only source of status the bulk of this blog’s readers have."
Slavery and genocide are unfahionable. "The horror! The horror!" What a shame, I wanted so much to share the good news of the Canaanite Genocide with you, brother. The ISIS guys, like their Jewish and Christian of yore at least have the courage of their convictions instead of complaining that their murderous intentions are not praised enough.

"If Jesus was right, then spreading his message is an amazing act of mercy, even though some of those who receive it will be killed for their faith. Jesus also said, 'Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul'.”

And evidently "Jesus" will punish those who had no way to know learn about his "message". Because He is that kind of guy, you know. "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord!" Except for you being a coward, what is the difference between you and ISIS again?

That was covered in this week's reading. Prior generations of atheists at least knew what they were railing against.

"Prior generations of atheists at least knew what they were railing against."

They were railing against the same things we are railing now: cowards, hypocrites and thugs. What kind of moral monster thinks it is fair torturing people for not having been told about the "good news". What kind of savage animal believes it?

I agree, that does sound terrible. What religion are you referencing though? It's obviously not Christianity. http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html

Religion is not the opiate of the masses,
Religion is the placebo of the masses.

Yes, I stole this line from House.

What a coincidence. Just heard from BBC about a previous report of ISIS droping scorpions from the sky.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/isis-launch-scorpion-bombs-spread-4817241

"""Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, ex-head of chemical and biological weapons for the Army and Nato, said: “It’s madness. IS have improvised devices to launch them."""

"""The weapon harks back to the scorpions stuffed into pots and launched by Iraqis thousands of years ago – in 198 AD. They were defending themselves against the Roman invasion."""

Is that better than the returned "used" b*ble pages ?? There is much to be learned from the Iraqi and Korean history.

Is there a stagnation ??

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