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My thoughts on this week’s challenge:
I’m so glad you answered this! I have been asked this so many times and never quite knew what to say. Are there any books you’d suggested to get more information?
There probably are some books on that question, but I don’t know of any. My booklet addresses the question in one of its sections: https://secure2.convio.net/str/site/Ecommerce/1149339397?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&product_id=8121&store_id=1161
“Is God a Moral Monster” by Paul Copan has been getting a lot of talk lately I hear. It’s what Craig told people to read during his debate with Sam Harris. I still need to read it myself, but it sounds like a good book to check out.
I really liked this video and especially point #1. But a few things must be said.
1. The Crusades where a belated defensive response to 500 years of Islamic invasion and jihad. One obstacle that had to be over come, when the eastern leg of the Roman Empire asked the western leg to come to it’s defense, was the passive nature of Jesus’s teachings. It took a long long time to develop a JUST WAR doctrine to be able to fight.
2. The bible is not actually more violent than the Koran. From the atheist site The Skeptics Annotated Bible/Quran
Which is more violent, the Bible or the Quran?
Which is more violent, the Bible or the Quran? Is there a way to objectively answer such a question?
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 SAB and SAQ.
Number of Cruel or Violent Passages
So the Bible has more than twice as many cruel or violent passages as does 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 842 31102 2.71
Quran 333 6236 5.34
When expressed as a percentage of cruel or violent verses (at least as marked in the SAB/Q), the Quran has about twice that of the Bible. (5.34 vs. 2.71%)*
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 something 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.
3. Here is an article I wrote on the subject.
For My Fellow Counter-Jihadist: Are the Bible and Koran equally violent? How Leftist Say So and Why It Ain’t True – SO CAN WE ALL WORK TOGETHER? by Damon Whitsell