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Why Priests?

A Failed Tradition

By Garry Wills, 1934-

In his most provocative book yet, Pulitzer Prize­–winner Garry Wills asks the radical question: Why do we need priests?

Bestselling author of Papal Sin and Why I Am a Catholic, Garry 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.

Wills concludes with a powerful statement of his own beliefs in a book that will appeal to believers and nonbelievers alike and stand for years to come as a towering achievement.


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2013

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9780670024872


Format: Book
Author: Wills, Garry, 1934-
Summary: 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.
Title: Why priests? : a failed tradition / Garry Wills.
Publisher Date: New York : Viking, 2013.
Subject: Catholic Church -- Doctrines Transubstantiation. Lord's Supper -- Catholic Church Lord's Supper -- Real presence. Lord's Supper -- Biblical teaching. Priests Lord's Supper -- Miracles.
Isbn: 9780670024872 0670024872
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: BX2220 .W57 2013
Oclc: 796756350
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Bib Id: 418142

Format: Book
Author: Wills, Garry, 1934-
Summary: 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.
Title: Why priests? : a failed tradition / Garry Wills.
Publisher, Date: New York : Viking, 2013.
Subjects: Catholic Church -- Doctrines
Subjects: Transubstantiation.
Subjects: Lord's Supper -- Catholic Church
Subjects: Lord's Supper -- Real presence.
Subjects: Lord's Supper -- Biblical teaching.
Subjects: Priests
Subjects: Lord's Supper -- Miracles.
Contents: Priest power: the Eucharist -- A priestless movement -- Holy men -- The miracle -- Explaining the miracle: Aquinas -- Explaining the miracle : Augustine -- Jesus the non-priest: Killer priests -- The Melchizedek myth -- Higher Melchizedeks -- Melchizedek and Jesus -- Letter to Hebrews: What is it? -- What does it mean? -- A new high priest -- Jesus as sacrifice: Human sacrifice -- Who killed Jesus? -- Jesus as rescuer: The saving Trinity -- Comrade Christ -- Monopoly on the sacred: Priestly imperialism -- The Lord's Supper(s).
LCCN: 2012037034
ISBN: 9780670024872
ISBN: 0670024872
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: BX2220 .W57 2013