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The Resource Why priests? : a failed tradition, Garry Wills

Why priests? : a failed tradition, Garry Wills

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Why priests? : a failed tradition
Title
Why priests?
Title remainder
a failed tradition
Statement of responsibility
Garry Wills
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Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
Evaluates the relevance of the role of the priesthood 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
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10169450
Cataloging source
DLC
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1934-
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Wills, Garry
Dewey number
262.14
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Transubstantiation
  • Lord's Supper
  • Lord's Supper
  • Lord's Supper
  • Priests
  • Priests
  • Priesthood
Target audience
adult
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a failed tradition
Label
Why priests? : a failed tradition, Garry Wills
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
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)
Control code
000050526247
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9780670024872
Label
Why priests? : a failed tradition, Garry Wills
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
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)
Control code
000050526247
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9780670024872

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