[quote=Steven Merten]I watched the movie Luther. It showed the slaughter of ordinary unarmed non-combatant Catholics (including women and children) and the burning of churches. It claimed that 50,000 Catholics were killed in the revolt in Germany. It did claim that this was not Luther himself, but his followers, who instagated the atrocity…
Your figure of 50, 000 seems a bit skewed. If we use the mathematical formulas of exaggeration I learned as a Baptist about the Inquisition we would calculate as follows:
Inquisitions combined death tally:
4,000 conservative to 20,000 liberal estimates by scholars. This averages at 12,000 deaths total.
80,000,000 deaths claimed as fact by Baptists during the Inquisitions.
If we divide 80,000,000 by 12,000 we get a factor of 6666.7 (rounded off of course)
So if we take the truth of 50,000 and multiply it by the BHRDF (Baptist Historical Revisionist Distortion Figure) of 6666.7 we get the figure of 333,335,000 Catholics were burned and killed by protestants.
Now, if 500 years later we ask everyone to write in the stories they have heard or had handed down to them we could compile them together in a factual and historically accurate account and call it something like “Foxes Book of Catholic Martyrs”. We will take all the stories sent to us and declare them real and accurate and enhance them when we need to so as to make them more dramatic. We know that nobody would send us a story or old wife’s tale unless it was true.