theo·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌthē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce theological (audio) \
variants: or less commonly theologic \ ˌthē-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce theological (audio) \

Definition of theological

1 : of or relating to theology
2 : preparing for a religious vocation a theological student

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theologically \ ˌthē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce theological (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Attending the historic Cornerstone Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Jeffries would often marvel at a preacher’s ability to convey complicated theological points that were received with great emotional power by not using notes. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Rep. Hakeem Jeffries draws inspiration from both the Bible and Biggie Smalls. Can he unite Democrats' warring factions?," 22 Dec. 2020 There are many more major theological themes from the birth of Jesus that can have lifelong implications. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Remember when there was no room at the inn during your life? – Terry Pluto’s Faith & You," 25 Dec. 2020 The score comes with a long theological preface and effusive descriptions of the unutterable in each gaze. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Most heavenly holiday music: Messiaen and Christmas in 20 virtuosic piano visions," 23 Dec. 2020 In Iraq, the two sides had political and theological differences, of course. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "The Great American Divorce?," 21 Dec. 2020 The political concept of pardon is linked with the theological concept of divine mercy or the charity of an all-powerful God. Scott Davidson, The Conversation, "Pardon me? An ethicist’s guide to what is proper when it comes to presidential pardons," 14 Dec. 2020 Their summer visits were filled with raptures, but overshadowed by bitter theological arguments and, eventually, by the looming spectre of a terrible war. Michelle Taylor, The New Yorker, "The Secret History of T. S. Eliot’s Muse," 5 Dec. 2020 By far, the strongest were theological arguments that presented white supremacy as divine mandate. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "The Christian Devotion to a White America," 10 Aug. 2020 Shekau, who swore allegiance to Islamic State in 2014 and then split from the group in 2016 over theological disputes, has traditionally operated in northeast Nigeria but has been quietly building alliances in northwest for the past year. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Boko Haram Kidnaps Hundreds of Nigerian Students, Six Years After Chibok," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of theological

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Theological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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