Even as atheists ramp up their attacks on the Bible as nothing but fairy tales, new archeological discoveries continue to prove that it’s as much a history text as a spiritual guide. And the story of one of the most important discoveries has now been revealed in a new book, “The Fisherman’s Tomb: The True Story of the Vatican’s Secret Search.”
It brings together an unlikely cast of characters: author John O’Neill (once the leader of the Swift Boat Veterans’ opposition to John Kerry) reveals how a philanthropic Catholic oil man from Texas anonymously funded a secret 75-year search for the remains of the Apostle Peter -- and how a pioneering female archeologist and agnostic, after much internal Church dispute and political intrigue, eventually found his bones in the Vatican, and found religious faith in the bargain. It’s being described as a real-life combination of Indiana Jones, Tom Clancy and “The DaVinci Code.”
O’Neill says despite modern skepticism about whether Christ or His teachings were real, the discovery proves that as early as the 1st and 2nd century, there was a strong Christian underground in Rome, defying oppression and penalty of death to carve their beliefs into rock just 400 yards from the Emperor’s palace.
He said the book shows, “The truth is, there really was a Peter. There really was a Jesus. Peter really was killed. His body was actually buried right there on Vatican Hill after Nero killed him by crucifying him upside down. The guys that believed in him buried him there, and they began under threat of their lives to scratch prayers and the things they believed. That all really did happen in the 1st century.”
There’s more at the link, along with an audio interview with O’Neill. Like the tunnels below the Vatican, it’s well worth exploring.