What puzzled me were the statements regarding faith that came from Peter's parents: "The world is broken, but it will be healed in the end. And good will prevail as the one God of many names will prevail." May God grant them peace. Yet at the same time, I am not accustomed to referring to God as "the one God of many names", since this isn't from the Bible. Nor does the Bible teach that the world will be healed, but rather says that it will be destroyed. Good will prevail, but only through the authority of Jesus Christ manifested during his second coming. Another article referred to the statement having being given at Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Checking the web site, there is no statement of faith as Christian churches normally provide, which shouldn't be too surprising, since this is a United Methodist religious group. But to their credit, they don't have a formal declaration of salvation by total depravity as many of their sister churches do, and I believe there are a few Christian clergy and churches among the United Methodists. I just can't tell what religion this church is.
Another puzzling statement from the news article reads: "He also married and quickly divorced. And he felt stirrings of a higher calling even then." My reaction could certainly change if I knew more about the circumstances, but it seems that being a good husband is a higher calling. Or at least it was until a generation ago.
Then there is this from a conservative article regarding Peter Kassig: "It suggests that he denied his murderers the pleasure of a kneeled submission." This wouldn't bother me, except that Peter also converted to Islam while in prison. So which act is the greater one of submission? To bow to your executioner? Or to bow to the religion of your executioner? But then again, Peter was raised Methodist, so perhaps there was nothing to lose in the conversion?
I don't intend to answer any of those above questions, while I suppose many more could be asked. And if I misunderstood, given that what I have learned has come through fallible sources, I will be happy to be corrected. The main thing that stands out in all this is the clear thinking of ISIS, Jihadi John, and the caliphate, which contrasts with the total confusion of western thinking.