A text analysis has revealed that violence occurs more often in the Bible, than in the Quran. This information has sparked debate about the origins of Islamic terrorism.
According to software engineer Tom Anderson, killing and destruction is a more regular theme throughout Christian scriptures.
Mr Anderson processed both religious texts through an advanced computer program (called Odin Text) to compare themes contained.
It only took minutes for his software to read and compare the Old Testament, New Testament and a classic version of the Quran.
According to the results, the Bible contained greater themes connected to “anger” and less themes associated with “trust”.
“Killing and destruction are referenced slightly more often in the New Testament (2.8%) than in the Quran (2.1%)”, Mr Anderson explained.
“(Furthermore), the Old Testament clearly leads, with more than twice that of the Quran in mentions of destruction and killing (5.3%)”.
“Of the three texts, the content in the Old Testament appears to be the most violent”, he surmised.
Mr Anderson’s findings have ignited already hot debate, about the origins of Islamic terrorism.
“The project was inspired by the ongoing public debate around whether or not terrorism connected with Islamic fundamentalism reflects something inherently and distinctly violent about Islam, compared to other major religions”, he said.
However, the engineer did acknowledge there are some shortcomings in his research.
“We realise that the Old and New Testaments and the Quran are neither the only literature in Islam, Christianity and Judaism, nor do they constitute the sum of these religions’ teachings and protocols”, he said.