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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Leave quotation of sacred texts to theologians

By Haroon Siddiqui Toronto Star, Sep 12 2010

"Pastor Terry Jones wanted to burn the Qur’an because he believes it preaches violence. That, in fact, has been an article of faith for critics of Islam post-9/11. “See, it says right here,” they say, pointing to the “Sword Verses,” of which they are a dozen. They quote them selectively, as does Osama bin Laden — he to justify violent jihad, they to demonize Islam...

In fact, Philip Jenkins, professor of religion at Penn State University and author of Jesus Wars and Dark Passages, has argued that “the scriptures in the Qur’an are far less bloody and less violent than those in the Bible. There’s a specific kind of warfare laid down in the Bible which we can only call genocide..." continue reading

On the same shelf:
  • Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?
    by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
    Extract: "Much to my surprise, the Islamic scriptures in the Quran were actually far less bloody and less violent than those in the Bible," Jenkins says.

    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.

    Violence in the Quran, he and others say, is largely a defense against attack.
  • Philip Jenkins:
    "The book I am working on right now is called Dark Passages: How Religions Learn to Forget Their Bloody Origins..."
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