Perpetua is the first of four novels in the Third Testament for the Third Millennium (3T3M) which re-writes the whole of the New Testament in a 21st Century context, asking Christians to question what they believe and why.
Perpetua, an Afro-Caribbean young woman from a run-down estate in South London says that she is the fourth person of the Godhead, a claim mirrors the claim of Jesus to be the second person of the Godhead, She recruits followers from supermarket shelf stackers and sets out to bring God back to the people. Her teaching and miracles cause religious and political disturbance and through a combination of cock-up and conspiracy she is humiliated and murdered live on television on Good Friday 2007. Two days later on Easter Sunday she appears on every television channel in the world speaking to people in their own language but all records of her death broadcast have mysteriously disappeared.
Perpetuas story is told by:
? Jack, a tabloid journalist; ? Claire, a supposed social worker tasked with keeping tabs on Perpetua; ? Beth, a teenage FE multi-media student; ? Damian, a theology student.
Drawing on his first hand knowledge of politics, church affairs and journalism and his theological studies, the book raises all the issues of the Gospels in a sharp, 21st Century context. In addition to its theological content, it is a witty critique of contemporary journalism, politics and the Church.
Written in novel form, Perpetua operates at two levels, as a straight, fascinating novel and as a theology and ethics textbook particularly suitable for young people.
3T3M consists of four novels:
? Spirit, mirroring the first half of Acts, the story of Perpetuas followers in a rural English diocese and London during the Blair/Brown handover.
? Spirit, mirroring the second half of Acts, including the Epistles, follows Perpetuanism to America during the 2008 crash.
? Vision, a re-telling of the Revelation of Saint John the Divine.