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Why Priests? - A Failed Tradition

Garry Wills

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Prichard

Length:

8h 12m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

06:35


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

27:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

32:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

26:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

24:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

25:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

31:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

22:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

48:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:12