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17 Topic Pages Found in Religion & Theology and starting with the letter W
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Waldenses

( wôldĕn'sēz ) or Waldensians, Protestant religious group of medieval origin, called in French Vaudois. They originated in the late 12th cent. as the

Ward, William George, 1812-1882

1812–82, English Roman Catholic apologist, educated at Oxford. He became (1834) a fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, and was ordained in the Church of

Warlocks

Men who practise black magic, sorcerers; often also used of a male witch. The word ‘warlock’ has been used in various senses throughout the centuries,

Weddings

The word ‘wed’ goes back to Old English, and meant originally ‘a pledge’. The ring is the pledge given by the man to confirm that he will perform his

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Werewolves

A ‘man-wolf’ (Old English wer , ‘man’), i.e. a man who, according to ancient superstition, was turned, or could at will turn himself, into a WOLF (the

Wesley, John, 1703-1791

1703–91, English evangelical preacher, founder of Methodism , b. Epworth, Lincolnshire. Wesley was ordained a deacon in the Church of England in 1725,

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Western Wall (Jerusalem)

The Western Wall is the remnant of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, built by Herod the Great in 19 bce . In 70 ce , the Romans destroyed the Second

Whitefield, George, 1714-1770

1714–70, English evangelistic preacher, leader of the Calvinistic Methodist Church . At Oxford, which he entered in 1732, he joined the Methodist

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Wicca

A modern nature-based religion with strong links to mainly European mythologies. Although Wicca lays claim to some continuity of beliefs and practices

Will o' the Wisp

An elusive moving light sometimes seen over marshes or bogs at night, thought in folklore to be a mischievous fairy or a restless spirit. The