October 23, 2007
The deadliest books ever published
A Croatian Web site offers its list of books that have “changed the world and because of which the bloodiest wars were waged.” The Bible comes in second, right behind Mein Kampf and just ahead of the Communist Manifesto. Here’s the analysis:
Not quite accurate because the “Bible” is not the same book for Muslims and Christians and Jews. But it’s hard to argue that belief in a monotheistic God that began with Abraham has caused a lot of bloodshed.
The Communist Manifesto also seems to be given a free pass in the political killings of Joseph Stalin, whose victims range from 3 million to 60 million. I also wonder if “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and Luther’s “On the Jew and Their Lies” deserve a place for influencing Hitler.
(Hat tip: DMN religion blog)