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Why priests? : a failed tradition

Author: Garry Wills
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2013.
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In his most provocative book yet, Pulitzer Prize 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?  Read more...
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Named Person: Jezus, van Nazareth
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Garry Wills
ISBN: 9780670024872 0670024872
OCLC Number: 796756350
Description: 302 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Priest power: the Eucharist. --
A priestless movement --
Holy men --
The Eucharistic 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 --
Christ as comrade --
Monopoly on the sacred. --
Priestly imperialism --
The Lord's Supper(s).
Responsibility: Garry Wills.

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In his most provocative book yet, Pulitzer Prize 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.

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