Why Priests?

Why Priests?

A Failed Tradition

Book - 2013
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Penguin Putnam
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.




Baker & Taylor
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of What Jesus Meant outlines a provocative assessment of the role of the priesthood to evaluate its relevance in today's world, exploring both sides of the argument and drawing on historical examples to consider whether or not Christianity would be stronger without priests.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2013
ISBN: 9780670024872
0670024872
Branch Call Number: 262.14 WIL
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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