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 theologic (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 theologically (audio) \ adverb

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Some of his writings from his scientific background as well as his theological one, some of his writings said, as others have said, that the discovery and harnessing of fire was one of the great technological discoveries of human history. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "‘There’s power in love’: Read the fiery sermon at the royal wedding by the Episcopal Church’s Michael Curry," 19 May 2018 In fact, some of Christianity’s core ideas, images and theological convictions can be traced back to the ancient Jewish holiday. Paula Fredriksen, WSJ, "When Jesus Celebrated Passover," 19 Apr. 2019 This, too, reflects Francis’s wider theological and social goals. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Oscar Romero, a martyr for social justice and the newest Catholic saint, explained," 15 Oct. 2018 On Wednesday, Tsipras is scheduled to visit an Orthodox theological seminary on an island off Istanbul, becoming the first serving Greek prime minister to do so. Suzan Fraser, The Seattle Times, "Turkey, Greece stress need for dialogue," 5 Feb. 2019 Both Cardinal Tobin and Bishop McElroy, who are close allies of Pope Francis, are seen as political and theological liberals who have been outspoken in criticizing the Trump administration’s stance on immigration. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "Pope Francis Accepts D.C. Cardinal Wuerl’s Resignation," 12 Oct. 2018 But Tel Megiddo is a major archaeological site for reasons that have nothing to do with the theological cloud that hangs over it. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 Rather, Curry was drawing on the rhetoric of liberation theology — a 20th century theological tradition inspired by Marxist thought — to characterize love as a necessary, chaotic, and political force. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Bishop Michael Curry just stole the show with his sermon at the Royal Wedding.," 20 May 2018 More relevant than the theological questions around the sanctity of life is the question of whether the state or the family should be making decisions about a child who cannot make those decisions for himself. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The controversy surrounding terminally ill British toddler Alfie Evans, explained," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of theological

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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