the·​ol·​o·​gy | \ thē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce theology (audio) \
plural theologies

Definition of theology

1 : the study of religious faith, practice, and experience especially : the study of God and of God's relation to the world
2a : a theological theory or system Thomist theology a theology of atonement
b : a distinctive body of theological opinion Catholic theology
3 : a usually 4-year course of specialized religious training in a Roman Catholic major seminary

Examples of theology in a Sentence

He has an interest in theology and pastoral work. The bishop was opposed to the group's theology.
Recent Examples on the Web But others also pointed out how this could be more than just lazy storytelling, arguing that the move feels ignorant of Islamic theology and shows an obvious pandering to English-speaking, non-Islamic audiences. Alejandra Salazar,, "What Is The Meaning Of Al-Masih & Why Is Netflix’s Messiah Using The Controversial Term?," 1 Jan. 2020 Catholic hospitals are governed by 77 directives, which fuse theology with medicine and technology. Washington Post, "Wisconsin’s Catholic hospitals limit reproductive procedures," 21 Dec. 2019 Erdmann will graduate later this month with a degree in business and a minor in theology. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "‘Proud to be a Johnnie’: St. John’s QB Jackson Erdmann has set high standard," 6 Dec. 2019 The mural’s financiers seem intent on pushing a sort of potted theology with the display. John Hirschauer, National Review, "An Icon for Saint Greta Thunberg," 14 Nov. 2019 Rios, in addition to owning piano businesses, held a doctorate in theology. Ada Tseng, Daily Pilot, "Through Westminster Arts Academy, the Rios siblings honor the legacy of their larger-than-life father," 25 Sep. 2019 Skeptics took a minute to cotton to the song's slightly meatheaded theology and doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo chorus hook, but by the end of the decade, no less an authority than Tina Turner was shouting it out as a modern classic. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Coldplay Songs: Staff Picks," 21 Nov. 2019 Less than half the students were in theology or religious studies, with the rest in business, psychology, education and English. The Enquirer,, "Cincinnati Christian to close at the end of the fall semester after 95 years of operation," 28 Oct. 2019 Oxford’s humanities programs, which have long been scattered across the school, include English, history, linguistics, philology and phonetics, medieval and modern languages, music, philosophy, theology and religion. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Blackstone’s Schwarzman Gives Oxford Record Gift of $188 Million," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of theology

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for theology

Middle English theologie, from Anglo-French, from Latin theologia, from Greek, from the- + -logia -logy

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“Theology.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of theology

: the study of religious faith, practice, and experience : the study of God and God's relation to the world
: a system of religious beliefs or ideas


the·​ol·​o·​gy | \ thē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce theology (audio) \
plural theologies

Kids Definition of theology

: the study and explanation of religious faith, practice, and experience

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