the·ol·o·gy | \thē-ˈä-lə-jē \
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.

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Saturday, at 10 am, in front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC, two Christian faith leaders will spearhead a thousands-strong interfaith cross-party rebuke to that theology. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Poor People’s Campaign rally revives Martin Luther King Jr.’s mission," 22 June 2018 Southern Baptists hold to a theology of complementarianism, the belief that men and women are created as equal but have differing roles-specifically in the church and home. The Washington Post,, "Southern Baptist leader who advised abused women not to divorce says he has nothing to apologize for," 4 May 2018 The reference to the German theologian pointed to Pope Francis’ most controversial difference with his predecessor—his approach to moral theology. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Media Chief Quits Over Use of Letter From Retired Pope Benedict," 21 Mar. 2018 Rogers kept busy earning graduate degrees in theology and child development. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "'Mister Rogers' was 'very serious' about how TV could impact kids, biographer recalls," 23 May 2018 Image She was born in England, studied theology and classics at the University of Cambridge, and taught school in Singapore. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Doreen Simmons, Unlikely Voice of Sumo Wrestling, Dies at 85," 13 May 2018 Cone’s efforts to connect theology and social issues continued throughout his career. Washington Post, "James Cone, founder of black liberation theology, dies at 79," 30 Apr. 2018 In his spare time, Rogers earned graduate degrees in theology and child development; he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1963 and given the singular assignment of continuing his ministry via mass media. Ann Hodgman, Smithsonian, "Mister Rogers Pioneered Speaking to Kids About Gun Violence," 22 May 2018 Nevertheless, Francis' first five years have been a dizzying introduction to a new kind of pope, one who prizes straight talk over theology and mercy over morals. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Francis at 5: Paradigm shift in mercy, migrants and marriage," 12 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \
plural theologies

Kids Definition of theology

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

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