That's a pretty wide range - 600,000 to 9 million, but isn't that religion in a nutshell? (no pun intended). Anything that can't be easily explained gets a supernatural label. No doubt Christianity has come a long way since 1484 (Columbus was just about to set sail!), but it still has a long, long way to go, before it's finally put in the graveyard where it belongs.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
On December 5, 1484, Pope Innocent VIII's notorious "Witches Bull" (Bull Summis desiderantes) was issued, officially commencing the witchhunts. Historians estimate that victims put to death as a result ranged from 600,000 to more than 9 million, over the 250 years of the witchhunts.