Let’s talk: Does the Bible contain more violence than the Quran?

A text analysis has revealed that violence occurs more often in the Bible, than in the Quran. This information has

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.

Do you believe Christian scriptures are more violent than Islamic teachings? Or do you think the Bible and Quran are not a fair measure of a religion’s quality?

  1. I don’t see why anyone would go to the trouble of even trying to prove this. Today all that is relevant is that people have become more civilised after bible teachings,which is more than their interpretations of the Koran has proved.At least those that choose to follow the evil parts. Would they be as tolerant as the west has tried to be if it was on the other foot,all they see is weakness, like a big ignorant bully!!

  2. Pamela Gavin  

    We do not take these literally you don’t see us advocating violence. Beheading crucifying raping etc Christianity is much more peaceful and we treat our women equally

    • Robyn Rylands  

      I don’t think women are treated equally at all. If they were there wouldn’t have been 78 killed by their partner in 2015. It seems to me that whenever Muslims or Islam is mentioned the shortcomings in our own community seem to disappear from some peoples consciousness.

      • The difference is their partners were probably not practicing Christians and they definately were NOT killed for Christian reasons.

        The way Jesus treated women nullified many centuries of oppressive Jewish law and custom. He clearly treated women and men as having equal worth. He ignored numerous Old Testament edicts which specified inequality. He consistently violated the rules, concerning women, of the three major Jewish religious groups of the day: the Essenes, Pharisees, and Sadducees. The treatment of women by Jesus was nothing short of radical for his day.

    • Susan Bell  

      Never have Christian churches treated women as equals, how can you even pretend to believe that. Christians have been horrifically violent over hundreds and hundreds of years, how many witches were hanged in western countries? they are still violent in some places and I have very rarely seen Christian tolerance for those who do not believe in any gods, believe another version of their religion or believe in something quite different. Their fear and loathing of the racially, sexually different. And no organisation that gives sole power to men is going to treat women as equals.

  3. What the study appears not to have considered is: was the violence in the Bible mainly prescriptive or descriptive?

    Yes, the Bible is full of a great deal of violence and immoral behaviour, and the reason is because it is a history book which accurately reports what people did. It doesn’t glorify the bad behavior and neither does it seek to sugar coat it. The Bible reports what happened and who did it without fear or favour.

    But it doesn’t stop at just reporting history, it goes on to describe the consequences of people doing those bad deeds – the pain and suffering that breaking God’s moral laws and his laws of nature causes to the guilty and how that also often affects their families and innocent bystanders as well. So the Bible gives a graphic presentation of what happens when evil men rebel against God and take the law into their own hands and do what is right in their own eyes.

    Not too many people are losing their heads to fanatics screaming praises to Jesus as they are to shouts of “Allah Akbar!” which suggests that Christians understand that the violence reported in the Bible is an example of what not to do rather than a command for them to go do likewise.

    • Robert Green  

      Exactly Georgia. The Bible is very proscriptive when it comes to loving ones neighbour. It is also very proscriptive on how to identify the devil and his works. “You are of your father, the father of lies” and you chose to do his work. I wonder who falls into that category?

    • [email protected]  

      This is a test

  4. Tanya  


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