Saturday, March 20, 2010

Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?

Philip Jenkins is a professor at Penn State University and author of two books dealing with the issue: the recently published Jesus Wars, and Dark Passages, which has not been published but is already drawing controversy. One of these controversial issues deals specifically with the comparison of Biblical and Quranic violence. The article linked below presents different perspectives on the issue. Below that is also the Introduction to his book Jesus Wars. This more specifically deals with the issue of how Christology as we know it was formed and preserved in violence.

Read the article here.

Read an interview with Jenkins here.

Though Jenkins has a totally distorted view of Church history by focusing on everything with a bias for violence, even when violence is nowhere present, his true agenda and bias lies in the fact that he is reading the Bible, the Quran and Church history through the contemporary lens of post-9/11 Islamic terrorism, and he approaches history with an aim towards seeing violence in everything that lead to the formation of modern western religions without asking any really deep questions. His focus on this prevents him from successfully evaluating the much more complex issue of violence and religion and what sort of relationship they may truly have.
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