As promised, above is an example of using more than one phrase/word in Google’s Ngram Viewer to analyze a religious issue: the popularity of the gospels. It only took me only one simple search to get this data which tells us much more than my post “The Gospels’ Popularity” where I spent much time searching and graphing. Ah the benefits of technology! The graph shows frequency (percent of mentions) per number of printed words for that year in Google Book’s present data bank — 20 million books as of May 2012 !
Fortunately, both methods confirm that the Gospel of John is and always has been the favorite Christian gospel by a long run. Remember, John’s gospel is the last gospel and by then Jesus has morphed into a full-blown all-knowing, all-powerful bragging deity. No wonder John’s Gospel is more popular.
Challenges for Readers:
- What are the spikes? Are those American Christian revivals? (anyone up on American religious history?)
- Use Ngram Viewer to explore some interesting religious concept using two or more phrases/words. Describe your conclusion in the comments and link to your ngram.