Didn’t take them long: The Third Temple and the Last Pope – A Novel of Petrus Romanus

You have to love the way crass people pass off terrible ideas as pure joy:

The long awaited answer to the prophecy of the Last Pope, or is? An Italian report — one of the refugees of the Catholic Church — stumbles upon a mystery spanning the ages that threatens to destroy the Catholic Church.

From ancient Israel to the Second Temple, to modern day, post-apocalyptic Rome, the reporter uncovers a deep conspiracy by holy men to destroy God’s temple. But what will this knowledge cost him?

What he discovers will forever change the course of the world — and destroy the Catholic Church.

Based on a 16th century prophecy, this novel is written next to breaking news surrounding Pope Benedict’s resignation. What is in the Vatileaks document? What corruption lurks behind the walls of the Vatican? And, will it destroy the next pope? This debute novel aims to tell what biblical scholars know about this prophecy.

I’ve seen this book begin to pope up in my social media circles over the weekend – guess it’s taking off. So, I tried to read it. It’s interesting from a New Testament perspective/Dan Brown perspective and some weird mysticism stuff, but honestly, you would think that they would wait until the new pope was around.

I’ve committed to not criticizing anything before I’ve seen/read it, but while I’m trying to get through this clearly self-published pulp fiction, pray for me.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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