The Definitive Guide to the History of Papal Naming, Why Popes Choose the Names They Do, and What Name the Next Pope Will Choose
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For a thousand years men have taken a new name when they become pope.
Today the choice of name is the very first decision a new pope makes, before his election is even announced to the public.
How has this practice changed over time? What mysterious reasons drive the selection of names? And what name will the next pope choose?
In this groundbreaking study, researcher Jimmy Akin tackles these subjects and provides the definitive history of papal naming, including explanations by recent popes in their own words for the names they chose!
He also looks at newly discovered patterns in the selection of pope names.
Then he peers into the future, drawing on the history of papal naming to determine the odds of what name the next pope will choose.
The work has extensive bonus materials, including a concise lise of notable facts about the popes and their names, a complete list of 265 popes (from St. Peter to Pope Benedict XVI), a list of the 81 names that popes have used, information about the impact the sinister antipopes have had on the history of papal names, and more!
Here is what best-selling author Steve Ray has to say about this unprecedented, one-of-a-kind work:
"Leave it to Jimmy Akin to come up with an intriguing new book that should have been written long ago. This short, easy-to-read and insightful book tackles this puzzling investigation: Why do popes choose the names they do and what do they mean? He even steps out on the proverbial limb to predict the name of the next pope, but not without reasons and clules. Like all of Akin's works, this book is thoroughly researched, interesting to read, and full of useful information on the history of the papacy" --Steve Ray, author of "Upon this Rock: Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church."
For information about the history--and the future--of pope names, there is no substitute for "Pope Names: The Definitive Guide to the History of Papal Naming, Why Popes Choose the Names They Do, and What Name the Next Pope Will Choose."