Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?

When Osama bin Laden declared war on the West in 1996, he cited the Quran’s command to “strike off” the heads of unbelievers. More recently, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan lectured his colleagues about jihad, or “holy war,” and the Quran’s exhortation to fight unbelievers and bring them low. Hasan is accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, last year.

Given this violent legacy, religion historian Philip Jenkins decided to compare the brutality quotient of the Quran and the Bible.

“Much to my surprise, the Islamic scriptures in the Quran were actually far less bloody and less violent than those in the Bible,” Jenkins says.


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10 responses to “Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?

  1. indypendent

    Faith in God is not the problem, it is man-made religion that is the problem.

    To be more specific, when humans use their man-made religions to gain or keep power, that is what is wrong.

  2. fnord

    ‘Holy Amnesia’

    “What happens in all religions as they grow and mature and expand, they go through a process of forgetting of the original violence, and I call this a process of holy amnesia,” Jenkins says.


    There are so many different interpretations. I know many people say the Bible is the inherent Word of God, but which words, which interpretation? And there’s hardly ever any agreement on that question — although each religion will stress they are who has the truth figured out while others don’t. Why would anyone think they could interpret another religion’s books any better than they’ve been able to their own?

    It makes me question the sanity of a person who states that all Muslims want to kill all of us. Talk about being biased!

    • The whole idea of divine inspiration is flawed, I believe. When God wanted the chosen people to follow certain laws in Exodus, he wrote them himself and had Moses deliver them. In other parts of the bible, he choses prophets to deliver them orally. Then, sometime later, these different books of the bible start being written, and then they are gathered and then they are edited, but we don’t really know WHO wrote them, WHO gathered them, WHAT was left out, or WHO edited them. And THAT was just the Old Testament. The New Testament is a whole other story because WE KNOW who gathered those books, how they decided what would go in and what would not, and what they did to attempt to destroy and defame the books they chose to disagree with. And, COINCIDENCE !, the books they chose all support a male-dominated world view, an authoritarian world-view and subjugate women, children and others that it was politically correct to subjugate at the time the new testament was put together.

      If you think about it, the idea that this book was the original, correct, divinely-inspired word of God is dubious at best. But, there I go THINKING again…

  3. fnord

    These people who are positive all Muslims are out to kill all of us quote the Quran as their ‘proof,’ yet ignore or interpret the violence of the Bible differently.

    • Extremist “christians” have trouble with irony–they just can’t see how closely they resemble the extremist “muslims” that have decided to use the Quran as a tool of war.

    • indypendent

      That’s because Christians (mostly Evangelical Christians) truly believe they are God’s favorite and have every right to kill in his name.

      Remember the song ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’?

      Let’s not forget all those Jesus Camps that these Evangelicals are getting all that tax-free money to run.

      Man-made religion has always been used for evil by those who wish to have power over someone else.

  4. fnord

    Then there are the people who profess their faith by judging whether someone else is or is not moral, is or is not ‘saved,’ is or is not as good or deserving as another human. They do their cause such a disservice — in the name of their god.

  5. Zippy

    Using ‘holy’ doctrines to justify violence has indeed gone on for centuries, from the Crusades to the Inquisition to the Nazis to Jonestown to Heaven’s Gate.

    I think the essential point is that you never should believe that anyone human speaks for God, if there is one. That virtually guarantees abuse of power, for who would dare question God?

    “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear. ”

    Thomas Jefferson, to his nephew

  6. tosmarttobegop

    God so commanded the Hebrew to slew every living thing, man and woman, child and stock.
    Jason and the army of the Hebrews scored the towns and house holds, laid waste to the fields and live stock.
    So bloody were their acts that for three days following they were deemed unclean and not fit unto their fellows.

    That they were to clean their beings for the three days before coming back be amongst their fellow Hebrews.

    The Hebrews after escaping the bondage of Egypt and finally making their way to the promise land.
    Were by the commandment of God to clean the lands of all others. Killing all the people and to the extent of wiping out their live stock.

    They had been fighting different tribes and had became expert warriors.
    In turn using these skills to wipe out every living thing, but that was different from fighting for survival.
    It caused them deep psychological damages, it is one thing to kill another warrior who is trying to kill you.
    It is quite another to kill a small child or a helpless woman.

    Because of that the Hebrew warriors who carried out the deed to get their head straightened out would camp away from the rest of the people for three days to give them a chance to unwrap and put things into prospective.