so·​te·​ri·​ol·​o·​gy sō-ˌtir-ē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce soteriology (audio)
: theology dealing with salvation especially as effected by Jesus Christ
soteriological adjective

Examples of soteriology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But from the perspective of moderate to liberal Christians there is clearly a purposeful misunderstanding, for only the most radically liberal Muslims reciprocate in kind in regards to a universalist soteriology. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 10 Apr. 2012 This secular revival has blessed its adherents with a scheme of ethics, aesthetics, eschatology, and soteriology all their own. Tanner Greer, National Review, 17 Mar. 2020

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Word History


Greek sōtērion salvation (from sōtēr savior, preserver) + English -logy — more at creosote

First Known Use

circa 1774, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soteriology was circa 1774

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“Soteriology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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