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 This much is clear from these conversations: Talk of God the Mother in Latter-day Saint theology is not going away — and will likely grow as more and more voices weigh in and speak up. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 May 2022 What drew you to make a film that takes us inside the world’s main center for Islamic theology for the first time? Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 20 May 2022 Benedict's endorsement had been sought by Francis' then-communications guru, Monsignor Dario Vigano, precisely to show the continuity between the two popes and to quiet traditionalist critics who considered Francis' theology wanting. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 21 Apr. 2022 So she was taken aback when earlier this year, white academic Jennifer Buck released a theology book on trap feminism. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 This process of reimagining theology within Black church spaces has accelerated in recent years due to socio-political issues in the country and Covid-19. Meagan Jordan, Rolling Stone, 17 Apr. 2022 Gabe plans to attend Snead State Community College in the fall before eventually studying theology with the goal of serving in Christian ministry. al, 16 Apr. 2022 While weekly church fashion varies depending on the place of worship, Easter ensembles are historically rooted in centuries of customs and norms, not religious theology or tenets. Micha Green, Baltimore Sun, 14 Apr. 2022 Christian author Tilly Dillehay argues in the piece that a woman should discuss theology with an older woman mentor at church rather than an online community. Brianna Griff, Chron, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Theology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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