practical theology


: the study of the institutional activities of religion (such as preaching, church administration, pastoral care, and liturgics)

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Recent Examples on the Web Buck is an associate professor of practical theology at Southern California’s Azusa Pacific University, a private, evangelical Christian college. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of practical theology was in 1828

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“Practical theology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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