One brave man decided that he wanted to try and give hard, concrete data behind the differences between the Bible and the Quran. Considering over 58 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Islam, is this fear rooted in truth or ignorance?
Data analyst and research marketer Tom Anderson decided to run the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Quran through a text analytics software he developed, named Odin Text, in order to determine which one was more violent.
The results may be shocking to some.
In a recent blog post, Anderson explained his intentions behind the analysis: “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.”
The analysis found that the Old Testament is the most violent, with approximately 5.3% of the text referring to "destruction and killing.” On the other hand, the Quran clocked in at a mere 2.1%, and the New Testament was slightly higher at 2.8%.
Anderson, in an attempt to summarize his findings, wrote; “Moreover, we realize that the Old and New Testaments and the Quran are neither the only literature in Islam, Christianity and Judaism, nor do they constitute the sum of these religions’ teachings and protocols.
"I must also reemphasize that this analysis is superficial and the findings are by no means intended to be conclusive. Ours is a 30,000-ft, cursory view of three texts: the Quran and the Old and New Testaments, respectively.”
This isn’t the first experiment of its kind. Not too long ago, two guys decided to buy a Bible, highlight some of the most violent, backwards-thinking passages, and used a book cover from a Quran to disguise it.
The pair then took to the streets, read off some of the passages, and asked what people thought about them. Their responses—“It bothers me that some people see these old writings as the absolute truth”—left many slack-jawed.
If this isn’t proof enough that the rhetoric surrounding Islam is rooted in fear, ignorance, and assumptions, we don’t know what is.
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