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

Examples of theological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Charles Camosy, a professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, also acknowledged those poll findings. David Crary And Jill Colvin, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 May 2021 As a result, White evangelicalism has emerged as a political and theological explainer for some liberals and progressives to understand the continuing appeal of Donald Trump. Diana Butler Bass, CNN, 15 May 2021 For others, there was a theological importance, as well as an emotional one, to being able to gather together again. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2021 After the Civil War and throughout the years of Jim Crow, Christian leaders routinely provided the theological arguments needed to rationalize limiting Black Americans’ access to participation in the democratic process. Time, 27 May 2021 During these discussions, the Bishop has affirmed the Advent’s ability to express its theology and its ability to call, develop, and maintain clergy who are committed to the Advent’s theological expression. al, 5 May 2021 What interests Steinberg in Michelangelo’s work is the deep theological thoughts and delicate human feelings that are embodied in his aggressively physical figures and gatherings of figures. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 So even before Elizabeth’s successor, James I, outlawed overt theological humor or criticism on stage, artists hoping to engage in religious themes were under considerable restrictions. Anthony D. Baker, The Conversation, 22 Apr. 2021 The letter specifically noted the involvement of individuals and groups opposed to Catholic teaching, as well as the bishops’ stated intention to enact binding theological changes. Tim Busch, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2021

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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 19 Jun. 2021.

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