theology

noun
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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Klassen grew up on a peach, plum, and nectarine farm in Dinuba, California, and studied theology in British Columbia, Canada. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The Man, the Wood, and the River," 1 Dec. 2018 The sin, if there was one, was not one of those that Catholic theology calls peccata clamantia—sins that cry to heaven for vengeance. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "A Spectral Witness Materializes," 17 Sep. 2018 The labor board rejected the university's appeal in March 2017, but agreed to exclude faculty in the theology department from the bargaining unit. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago ratify first contract," 27 Apr. 2018 During the canonization ceremony, Francis highlighted the connections between Romero’s theology and his own. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Oscar Romero, a martyr for social justice and the newest Catholic saint, explained," 15 Oct. 2018 And the Taliban fills the power vacuum with guns, bloody-minded theology and wild prohibitions against longstanding family habits like sending girls to school and keeping pet parakeets. Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "For all its horrors, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ at Seattle Rep feels uncomfortably comforting," 15 Oct. 2018 Notre Dame requires two classes on theology, and Wheaton College mandates chapel attendance. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Why let the Klan march at a private historically black college? ‘This is not a First Amendment thing, man.’," 31 May 2018 The aesthetics meshed nicely with the prevailing Christian theology of that era. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Newly discovered letter by Galileo resolves puzzling historical mystery," 22 Sep. 2018 Enlightenment-era philosopher Denis Diderot famously pronounced that all the world’s theologies could be toppled by an egg! Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 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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theology

noun

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

theology

noun
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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