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

Examples of theological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While some evangelicals have reservations about Osteen's theological teachings, many have embraced West as a brand since his recent album release. Sarah Pulliam Bailey,, "How Kanye West put Joel Osteen’s prosperity gospel back under the spotlight," 21 Nov. 2019 Other issues like social justice are hardwired into Islam at the theological level. Musharraf Hussain, Time, "British Muslims Can Swing the U.K. Election, But Only If They Get Out and Vote," 18 Nov. 2019 Nashotah House, a theological seminary in Nashotah, was founded in 1842. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How well do you know the Milwaukee suburbs? Test your knowledge with these 31 questions.," 14 Oct. 2019 As both a theological and a historical matter, there could be no Islam without a Qur’an. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "How to Read the Bible," 28 Oct. 2019 The bishops did not vote to allow women to become deacons in the church, a change that, if accepted by Pope Francis, would have had significant theological repercussions. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Catholic Bishops Back Ordination of Married Men as Priests in Amazon Region, a Milestone," 26 Oct. 2019 Then there's another factor that encourages CCM artists to toe the theological line. John Blake, CNN, "Why Christian music's biggest stars refuse to change their tune for the Trump era," 15 Oct. 2019 Yes, the connection is fairly evident: damnation in the Puritan past was theological, and damnation in the present comes in the form of imminent environmental collapse and personal health issues. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Joyce Carol Oates on Catastrophizing and Environmental Collapse," 7 Oct. 2019 Grimes comes from Marion, Ohio, and is an assistant professor of theological ethics at Villanova University., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of theological

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Nov 2019

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“Theological.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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