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Yes, Professor Lipsius was right. Yet there is more. For English readers, oneof the greatest historians on the origin of words was Brewer. In his"Dictionary of Phrase and Fable," under the entry "Church"(original edition, and not the watered down modern version), Brewer states:"The etymology of this word is generally assumed to be from the Greek,kuriou oikos (house of God); but this is most improbable, as the word existed inall the Celtic dialects long before the introduction of Greek. No doubt the wordmeans 'a circle.' The places of worship among the German and Celtic nations werealways circular. Compare Anglo-Saxon 'circe,' a small church, with 'circol,' acircle."

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