theology

noun the·ol·o·gy \ thē-ˈä-lə-jē \

Definition of theology

plural theologies
1 :the study of religious faith, practice, and experience; especially :the study of God and of God's relation to the world
2 a :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

  1. He has an interest in theology and pastoral work.

  2. The bishop was opposed to the group's theology.

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Origin and Etymology of theology

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

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THEOLOGY Defined for Kids

theology

noun the·ol·o·gy \ thē-ˈä-lə-jē \

Definition of theology for Students

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


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