A Comparison of Violence in the Bible and the Koran

It is often cited on panel and talk back shows as well as a recent study (see below) makes the claim that the Bible is as violent as the Koran.  It is just like Christianity and Judaism.

My only interest is in political violence, not when Cain killed Able. Political violence is when a group attacks those outside of it. It is political when Muslims kill Kafirs in jihad, for instance. This eliminates counting personal violence and internal wars.

We want to measure ideas, so we count more than individual sentences. We need to count all the content that applies to the political violence.

There is no political violence in the New Testament.

For those who do not know the bible – the Old Testament sets the stage for why Jesus came into the world. It  deals with the history of the time, the rulers and stuggles, the linage etc. The New testament is about Jesus being born and his life with his disciples and the Churches that followed Christ

There are 34,000 words about political violence in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and 328,000 in the Koran, Sira (life of Mohammed) and the Hadith (his traditions). In short, there is nearly 10 times as much political violence in Islamic doctrine than there is in the Bible.

The violence in the Old Testament is historical in nature, not prescriptive. The violence in Islam is prescriptive applicable to all people and times. Jihad is forever.

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