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 »

Yusha Evans: How I Came to Islam

Yusha Evans, formerly Joshua Evans, is a well-known Islamic figure in the USA. He came from a strict Methodist Christian upbringing, where he spent the majority of his youth involved in his Church Bible college and had the intention of going on to become a Bible scholar. After he become heavily involved in his youth group where he read the Bible from cover to cover many times, Yusha began to find many inconsistencies in the Bible, which influenced what he describes as “the biggest mistake any Christian can make”, which is to ask questions. The lack of answers and confusion led Yusha to leave Christianity altogether after which he began searching other religions, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism — and none of them had a clear truth.

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Wish You Weren’t Here

Jon Stewart in his usual hilarious and genius form in The Daily Show, on the xenophobic call of many in the “Conservative” world to prevent Muslims from building places of worship in America, as well as the double standards they entail.

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