systematic theology


Definition of systematic theology

: a branch of theology concerned with summarizing the doctrinal traditions of a religion (such as Christianity) especially with a view to relating the traditions convincingly to the religion's present-day setting

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Recent Examples on the Web The Blues Brothers had a mission from God, too — and a much more developed systematic theology than the one clouding the mind of the esteemed gentleman from South Bend, Ind. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Playing God," 8 Sep. 2019 Aspiring pastoral candidates were inspired by his capacity to teach systematic theology and apologetics, the defense of the Christian faith. Russell Pulliam, Washington Post, "Theologian R.C. Sproul, who influenced evangelical beliefs about the Bible, dies at 78," 15 Dec. 2017 Luther helped to popularize the idea that faith can help people connect to their neighbor, not just God, said Lois Malcolm, professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary. Mike Ellis, USA TODAY, "Who was Martin Luther whose words helped spark the Reformation?," 31 Oct. 2017

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1696, in the meaning defined above

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“Systematic theology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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