Study finds Bible angrier, more violent than Quran

By Noha Medhat

A startling new study of the Christian and Islamic texts has revealed that violence and anger are more common in the Old and New Testaments than in the Quran.

Using software he developed himself, American software engineer Tom Andersen performed a text analysis of the holy books to find out whether the Quran is more violent than its Judeo-Christian counterparts.

“The question of whether or not there is something inherently violent about Islam has become the subject of intense and widespread debate,” Andersen wrote introducing his three-part study.

“The project was inspired by the ongoing public debate around whether or not terrorism connected with Islamic fundamentalism reflects something inherently and distinctly violent about Islam compared to other major religions,” he further elaborated.

Using Odin Text, Andersen found out that killing and destruction are mentioned “slightly more often” in the New Testament than in the Quran, while their mentions in the Old Testament are “more than twice” that of the Quran.

“The content in the Quran is not more violent than its Judeo-Christian counterparts. In fact, of the three texts, the content in the Old Testament appears to be the most violent,” Andersen said.

Moreover, the study revealed that the Old Testament is “the angriest” of the three texts, based on an emotional analysis that categorized eight primary human emotions into joy, anticipation, anger, disgust, sadness, surprise, fear/anxiety and trust.

The Old Testament was also found to contain the most mentions of disgust and the least mentions of joy. Overall, the Bible registered higher in anger, while the Quran registered higher in joy and trust.

In addition, Andersen found that the concept of love is mentioned more often in the New Testament than in the Old Testament and the Quran, but the concepts of mercy, forgiveness and grace are much more prevalent in the Quran than in the Old and New Testaments combined.

“This is partly because references to “Allah” in the Quran are frequently accompanied by “The Merciful.” Some might dismiss this as a tag or title, but we believe it’s meaningful because mercy was chosen above other attributes like “Almighty” that are arguably more closely associated with deities,” Andersen said.

The software engineer admitted that he himself was surprised by the fact that the concept of mercy was most prevalent in the Quran, saying that he expected the New Testament would rank highest in that aspect.

“It appears safe to conclude that some commonly-held assumptions about and perceptions of these texts may not necessarily hold true,” wrote Andersen.

“Those who have not read or are not fairly familiar with the content of all three texts may be surprised to learn that no, the Quran is not really more violent than its Judeo-Christian counterparts.”


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4 replies

  1. Nabeel Qureshi found Christianity won over Islam in defending, by facts and historical evidence, the claims it makes.
    Muhammad made over 80 raids in 9 years while in Mecca.
    Some provoked and some unprovoked.
    And so it continues throughout time and even today.

  2. History finds Islam way more violent.
    Rome was sacked by Muslims in 846 AD during the great conquests of Islam after the time of Mohammed.

    During the 8th and 9th centuries, the Muslim Arabs (then called Saracens in Europe) were rapaciously invading Christendom through Southern Italy which they succeeded in conquering by fire, murder, rapine and the sword. Sailing from newly acquired bases in North Africa which they had just stolen from the Christians of the Eastern Roman Empire, the had conquered Sicily and were now bent upon seizing the rest of the peninsula.

    They had earlier been rebuffed in France in 732 by King Charles Martel, the grandfather of Charlemagne, but they had got as far as Tours in Nothern France. King Charles was the first to halt their seemingly inexorable advance. Thereafter they retired to Spain and parts of Southern France and settled. They retained their hold on what had once been Catholic Visigothic Spain for the next 800 years! They were not finally ejected from Christian Spain until 1491 by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand.

    Under Pope Paschal I (817-824), the relics of the holy martyrs were concealed in the walls of the city of Rome. When Rome was sacked, Paschal’s careful precautions did not prevent the wholesale spoliation and robbery of Basilica of Saint Peter itself, nor, indeed, of San Paolo fuori le Mura (St Paul’s outside the Walls), because they both lay outside the walls of the city of Rome.

    Later, a second wall was constructed on the other side of the Tiber from the main city area. It was constructed by order of Pope Leo IV and so this enclosure was called the Leonine City.

    The Islamic conquest and domination of Sicily, as well as parts of southern Italy began in the 7th century after the foundation of Islam and the attempt by the Muslim leaders to conquer the world.

    By Koranic tradition, Islam makes its attempts to re-conquer the world in the 7th or 8th decade of every century and does not stop until it is halted by force. When stopped it generally lies low until the 7th or 8th decade of the next century when it then makes another attempt at world domination.

    How, then, can it call itself a religion of peace? It does so because it means by peace the eventual peace that will, it says, be the consequence of the conquest of the world for Islam. In the meantime, however, it is war.

    (Retrieved from,

    The Battle of Tours France is said to be the most important battle ever won for the sake of civilization

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