Is the Bible more violent than the Qur’an?

Philip Jenkins

Religion historian Philip Jenkins decided to compare the brutality quotient of the Qur’an and the Bible.
“Much to my surprise,” he says, “the Islamic scriptures in the Quran were actually far less bloody and less violent than those in the Bible.” Jenkins is a professor at Penn State University and author of two books dealing with the issue: the recently published Jesus Wars, and a forthcoming book Dark Passages which has not yet been published but is already drawing controversy.

Violence in the Quran, he and others say, is largely a defense against attack.

“By the standards of the time, which is the 7th century A.D., the laws of war that are laid down by the Quran are actually reasonably humane,” he says. “Then we turn to the Bible, and we actually find something that is for many people a real surprise. There is a specific kind of warfare laid down in the Bible which we can only call genocide.” Read the rest of this entry »

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