Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition

Author(s): Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Historian Garry Wills

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"New York Times"-bestselling author Garry Wills provides a provocative analysis of the theological and historical basis for the priesthood In a riveting and provocative tour de force from the author of "What Jesus Meant," Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills poses the challenging question: Why did the priesthood develop in a religion that began without it and, indeed, was opposed to it? "Why""Priests?" argues brilliantly and persuasively for a radical re-envisioning of the role of the church as the Body of Christ and for a new and better understanding of the very basis of Christian belief. As Wills emphasizes, the stakes for the writer and the church are high, for without the priesthood there would be no belief in an apostolic succession, the real presence in the Eucharist, the sacrificial interpretation of the Mass, and the ransom theory of redemption. This superb study of the origins of the priesthood stands as Wills's towering achievement and will be of interest to all inquiring minds, believers and non-believers alike.


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Garry Wills has written many acclaimed and bestselling works, including "What Jesus Meant, Papal Sin, "and "Why I Am a Catholic." His books have received many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of history emeritus at Northwestern University, Wills is a frequent contributor to "The New York Review of Books "and other publications.

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  • : 9780143124399
  • : Penguin Books
  • : Penguin Books
  • : January 2014
  • : books

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  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 320
  • : Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Historian Garry Wills