Why Priests?

Why Priests?

A Failed Tradition

Book - 2013
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In his most provocative book yet, Pulitzer PrizeƠ-winner Garry Wills asks the radical question: Why do we need priests? Author Wills spent five years as a young man at a Jesuit seminary and nearly became a priest himself. But after a lifetime of study and reflection, he now poses some challenging questions: Why do we need priests at all? Why did the priesthood arise in a religion that began without it and opposed it? Would Christianity be stronger without the priesthood, as it was at its outset? Meticulously researched, persuasively argued, and certain to spark debate, Why Priests? asserts that the anonymous Letter to Hebrews, a late addition to the New Testament canon, helped inject the priesthood into a Christianity where it did not exist, along with such concomitants as belief in an apostolic succession, the real presence in the Eucharist, the sacrificial interpretation of the Mass, and the ransom theory of redemption. But Wills does not expect the priesthood to fade entirely away. He just reminds us that Christianity did without it in the time of Peter and Paul with notable success.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2013.
ISBN: 9780670024872
0670024872
Characteristics: x, 302 p. ;,24 cm.

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akarenina Apr 06, 2013

Wills argues convincingly that someone, probably not Paul, initiates the cult of human sacrifice in writing the Letter to the Hebrews. He also says that this is the only Biblical source which calls Christ a priest as well as the sacrifice.

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wraithby
Mar 22, 2013

A Left Wing ideologue attempts to deconstruct the RC priesthood with predictable results. Wills believes the priesthood should reflect the world. He demands that the RC church abandon it's supernatural mission and line up as a foot-soldier and conform itself to the "progressive" world view. Always a conformist "thinker' Wills never addresses the theology behind the RC priesthood. This is a book of cliches and cant.

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delfon
Mar 02, 2013

http://www.amazon.com/Why-Priests-A-Failed-Tradition/product-reviews/0670024872/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

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lindtag
Feb 20, 2013

This book is on my request list. I have NO IDEA what it is. Says "Not Available". There are two of three more just like it on my request list.

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