The Priesthood of Some Believers
Developments from the General to the Special Priesthood in the Christian Literature of the First Three Centuries
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
'At the beginning of the third millennium of the history of Christianity, churches of different traditions are endeavoring with sharper seriousness to foster patterns of ministry and leadership less reliant on ordained priests and pastors. This has entailed reconsideration of the general priesthood of all Christian people and the notion of a special priesthood of the ordained alone. It is to this continuing inquiry that Colin Bulley's work is a major contribution of front-rank importance . . . If general priesthood is to increase, special priesthood must decrease. Here is solid, scholarly evidence that, like the proverbial cuckoo in the nest, the two will not comfortably cohabit.'
--From the Foreword by David F. Wright,
New College, University of Edinburgh