Were there priests in the early church? Garry Wills says no. He’s wrong, and here’s why

In reading Garry Wills' new book, Why Priests? A Failed Tradition, I passed through several stages: irritation, amusement, befuddlement, frustration, disbelief. Attesting to his immense talent, I occasionally felt all these things at once. Wills' argument is that priests are nowhere found in the New Testament, more or less, and that priestly power is advanced by a bogus understanding of the Eucharist and the inclusion of the Letter to the Hebrews in the Bible. And let's just pause to remember … [Read more...]

Making our castle part of God’s kingdom

Even the laundry room is God's

G.K. Chesterton said that a person’s house is the one place in the world where they can still be unruly and do whatever they please. A homeowner “can put the carpet on the ceiling and the slates on the floor if he wants to,” said Chesterton, and barring modern contrivances like neighborhood covenants and restrictions, that’s still about right. In the streets, there are the police. At work, there is the boss. But at home, there is just you. Don’t forget the connection between the … [Read more...]


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