visualising the Bible
stunning laborous project by Chris Harrison (some more of his visualisation projects, including Digg rings, related to news-digging, created using DIGG API)
also: another interesting typographic approach by Kushal Dave:
"Every day the Bible is quoted in a range of contexts. To inspire. To persuade. To threaten. To deepen. To beautify. To make eloquent. Out of 66 books containing over 30,000 verses, ministers, politicians, parents, protestors, scientists, scholars, and cynics choose the handful of lines that best make their point.
This selection process provides a guide to the most important or interesting parts of the Bible. With the help of my favorite search engine, I collected rough counts of how often each verse appears on the web. Making these verses bigger and darker helped them stand out.
But how are these verses being used? Looking at the context of the pages doing the citing, a picture emerges of insprational sermons about faith, careful debates over meaning and timelines, and rules for everyday life. There is also occasional condemnation of nonbelievers and mockery in response. Through all of these runs the issue of how literally the Bible should be taken. As a recent episode of South Park put it, "You see, these are just stories. Stories that are meant to help people in the right direction. Love your neighbor. Be a good person. That's it! And when you start turning the stories into literal translations of hierarchies and power, well..."