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Posted September 17, 2014
The Vatican Heresy, Robert Bauval and Chiara Hohenzollern, Bear & Company, 2014, $18
In Renaissance Italy, two powerful movements took hold. The first, the hermetic movement, was inspired by an ancient set of books written by the Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus. The movement expounded the return of a “true religion” based on natural magic that drew down the powers of heaven and incorporated them into statues and physical structures. The second, the heliocentric movement launched by Copernicus, was a direct challenge to the Vatican’s biblical interpretation of a geocentric world system. Declared a heresy by the Pope, those who promoted it risked the full force of the Inquisition. Exploring the meeting point of these two movements, the authors reveal how the most famous philosophers and scientists of the Renaissance called for a hermetic reformation of Christianity by building a magical city, an architectural version of the heliocentric system. The book shows that this magical city, the Temple of the Sun, was designed by Vatican architect Bernini and built directly in front of the Vatican’s Basilica of St. Peter as St. Peter’s Square. Revealing the architectural plan masterminded by the Renaissance’s greatest minds, the authors expose the ultimate heresy of all time was blessed by the Vatican itself.
— Mary French, New Connexion Journal