Which is more violent, the Bible or the Quran?
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Here's an article of interest comparing the violent
God of the christian bible to the violent God of the
islamic quran:

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07 January 2009
Which is more violent, the Bible or the Quran?
  http://tinyurl.com/moreviolent-bibleorquran
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Complete article:

(Repost with updated numbers and graphs)

    The LORD is a man of war. Exodus 15:3

    Fight in the way of Allah. Quran 2:244

Which is more violent, the Bible or the Quran?

Is there a way to objectively answer such a ques-
tion?

Well, it wouldn't be easy. But it is possible to
compare the amount of cruelty and violence in
the two books.

Here is a summary of the highlighted verses in
the christian bible and the islamic quran.

Number of Cruel or Violent Passages

Bible  907
Quran  520

So the Bible has more cruel or violent passages
than the Quran. But the Bible is a much bigger
book. How do they compare when size is taken
into account?

Violence and Cruelty

Total verses  Percent

Bible    907  31173  2.91
Quran  520  6236    8.34

When expressed as a percentage of cruel or violent
verses, the Quran has nearly three times that of the
Bible. (8.34 vs. 2.91%)

Of course this analysis does not consider the extent
of the cruelty in the marked passages. And that is an
important consideration. Is Numbers 31:14-18, for
example, more cruel than Quran 5:34? That is some-
thing that each person must decide.

A good argument could be made that either book is
the most violent and cruel book ever written. The
award would go to one or the other, for neither has
any close competitors.

It is frightening to think that more than half of the
world's population believes in one or the other.

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As far as I can tell, they're fighting over which
religion is the most peaceful!
  http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/images/religion_peaceful.gif
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