theological

adjective
theo·​log·​i·​cal | \ˌthē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \
variants: or less commonly theologic \ˌthē-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik \

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 \ adverb

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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 Many Southern Baptists said the series of scandals besetting the convention have been particularly upsetting for a religious movement that prides itself on theological clarity and moral rectitude. Daniel Burke, CNN, "'A foretaste of the wrath of God:' Southern Baptists to confront scandals at national meeting," 11 June 2018 Share your thoughts on philosophical, ethical or theological topics. Freely exchange ideas and experiences. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Coral Springs area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 This is also a sort-of reference to the Bible, though more to an old, racist theological concept extrapolated by some Christians from the text, used to justify slavery and discrimination against dark-skinned people. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "What two fictional Gileads can teach us about America in 2018," 12 July 2018 But that famous line was, in context, an explicitly theological consideration, not a statement about the inevitability of temporal social justice. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "Don’t Count on History to Judge Wisely," 27 June 2018 People don’t know how to confront these evils, which come in nearly every direction, in the form of theological zealots, demagogic populists, avowed racists, and trollish misogynists. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of theological

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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