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Garry Wills

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Solving the Priest Shortage

(1140) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 9:58 AM

There is no Christian priest (hiereus) in the New Testament. Saint Paul pays tribute to more than a dozen Christian ministries, but none of them is the priesthood. He never calls himself or his assistants priests, and never offers sacrifice (the priestly act). Jesus was a layman, not a priest....

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Our Moloch

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 8:21 AM

Few crimes are more harshly forbidden in the Old Testament than sacrifice to the god Moloch (for which see Leviticus 18.21, 20.1-5). The sacrifice referred to was of living children consumed in the fires of offering to Moloch. Ever since then, worship of Moloch has been the sign of a...

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Easter Before the Bunny

(206) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 10:46 AM

Before the Easter Bunny nibbled its way onto sacred turf, Easter was a very serious business. In early Christian communities -- in fourth century Milan, for instance -- it was the day when, normally, all new Christians were baptized, and it was the deepest spiritual experience most of them would...

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