How Many Protestants Were Killed in the Inquisition? A friend asked me that question earlier this week. And so I thought it might be helpful to share a few thoughts, from a historical perspective. …
There really isn’t a good quote to take from this, because it is 100% “define the question.”
That’s not a dig, folks reading this probably know I’m mildly obnoxious on trying to get people to define what exactly they mean so that I can give them an answer that lines up with what they MEAN, not what I heard them say.
For an example, you ask my mom how many “cows” they have on the ranch, and if she figures that you are not a rancher she’ll tell you a number that lines up with the number of bovine skulls attached to living animals; you ask my dad and he’ll tell you how many breeding female cattle they have. Ask them how many “head” there are and you’ll be told the breeding female cattle plus replacement heifers (future mothers) plus the bulls.
They are all true numbers, and don’t even involve estimates– but they’re radically different numbers. You add in estimates and you’ll really be in trouble, and that’s for just one place, for just one year.