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Pope Names [Kindle Edition]

Jimmy Akin
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Book Description

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."


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  • File Size: 182 KB
  • Print Length: 95 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092EGN4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Thought Out March 11, 2013
I read the Kindle edition. It was a quick read in that it was short but also could not stop reading. Jimmy writes how he speaks so it was very interesting and clear that is why I give it 5 stars. Interesting stuff! I vote for name Pope Leo. (FYI The kindle version repeats paragraphs in very beginning pages, distracting at first but there were only a few. )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A timely, short, fun, informative read March 1, 2013
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"Pope Names" is the sort of book for which electronic publishing is not merely a useful option, but a necessity. It's too long to be a pamphlet, but would be an awfully skinny trade paperback; and it's suddenly timely, but for such a brief spell that one could never hope to ramp up traditional modes of production and distribution in time to take advantage. But thanks to the eBook format, here it is for the taking.

And a good thing too, as you won't want to engage in a "What Will The Next Pope's Name Be?" conversation/bull session without it! There is a lot of good information and--if you're a fan of lists like me--many useful lists packed into this book. Akin's speculations are well-founded for the most part; and in the few places where they're not (often, simply because he didn't know the vacancy would occur so soon when he was writing), they're at least thought-provoking. The assigning of percentages to various possible names is far from scientific, of course; but it turns out to be a fine framework for the discussion.

I expected no less from Jimmy Akin, who is a solid Catholic apologist. It's largely because of my prior appreciation of his work--so much of which has been available for free--that I didn't mind paying a skosh more than expected for this short of an eBook. The extra dollar or two is an exceedingly modest tip for the various writings and podcasts of his that I've enjoyed in the past.

There are a few glitches which could bear tending to. The most notable are all the block could bear tending to. The most notable are all the block quotes which contain repeated text.

(See what I did there?)

If I remember correctly, all of Chapter 3 was affected by this, and it made that part of the book somewhat a pain to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good analysis March 1, 2013
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Great job going through all the pope names and the history of why they were picked. There were some typo problems though and I did not appreciate the knock on traditionalist Catholics. What was good for the first 1900 + years cannot suddenly be wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Everything Jimmy Writes March 5, 2014
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Exceptional research, analysis and explanation of Pope names. Wouldn't expect anything less from Jimmy Akin. He's a marvelous apologist and writer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and interesting book! April 11, 2013
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Jimmy does it again! Makes a topic that could be very dry and makes it easy, fun, and interesting! It came just in time for the election of the new Pope Francis. It explained how popes get their names and put things into chronological perspective. I really enjoyed this book. It was short and to the point. I have already shared this book's content with friends.

I have the Kindle version of the book and I do have to say that there were several errors in grammar/spelling and set-up that were aggravating. In spite of this, I still enjoyed the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Filling avoid in our Catholic knowledge. April 4, 2013
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Jimmy Akin's short book is a good bit of trivia that, I think, any well informed Catholic would want to have.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. April 3, 2013
This book was interesting reading during the conclave. Nothing deep. Akin gave the odds of a new pope name to be 1-2%. Probably too low, considering it was new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of cool stats and histories April 3, 2013
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I always love Jimmy Akin's work. This book was the perfect combo of niche-nerdy + entertaining and informative. My wife is a self-professed "name nerd" since an early age, so this book combined several of her interests under one cover.

The book has sections predicting the next pope's name (written way before Benedict XVI announced his resignation, so eerily timely) based on both quantitative data and qualitative reasoning.

I've almost convinced my wife to let me name our next son Anacletus.
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