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Why priests? : a failed tradition

Why priests? : a failed tradition
Author(s): 
Garry Wills
Description: 
Wills asks the radical question: Why do we need priests? As a young man, he spent five years 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? Wills asserts that the 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 he 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.--Excerpted from publisher description
Call Number: 
262.14 Wil
Format: 
Book