The Way

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The Way may refer to:



  • The Way or "Tao" of Taoism
  • The Way, or , of any number of spiritual and martial disciplines stemming from Japanese culture.
  • The Way of the Buddha Dharma, or Buddhism
  • The Way of Shinto


The “Way” (As to both Catholic and Protestant Christians)

The “Way” with a capital “W” was the early name for followers of Jesus, referenced as a sect of Judaism, later replaced with the term “Christian.” The first of only six biblical references, all in Acts, occurs as Saul obtained letters to arrest members of the “Way” in Damascus, after stoning “Way” follower Stephen in Jerusalem. Saul became Paul on the road to Damascus, having been blinded by bright white light, during his conversion experience. Paul adopted use of the term “Way” until reference of “Christian” appeared. The “Way” never appeared afterwards.

Why the word “Way” was used to reference early believers, comes from Jesus’ one main repetitive sermon, first a heaven exists, second, he is the way to get there, three, it is free. Just believe, and live forever. John 14:6 quotes Christ “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” And Mark 1:2 where Jesus “prepares the way” to heaven.

Only the following six biblical verses in Acts reference the “Way” (Acts 9:2, 19:9, 19:23, 22:4, 24:14, 24:22)



  • The Way (book), 1939 book on Catholic spirituality, written by Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer
  • The Way (Greg Bear), fictional universe concerning several novels by Greg Bear



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