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.

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Fea said that the Kaepernick case is specifically about ideology, not theology. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "What one pastor’s anti-Nike protest says about religion and nationalism in America," 14 Sep. 2018 Chad Pecknold, a professor of theology at the Catholic University of America, said nonpracticing Catholics take each new revelation of abuse allegations as justification for not practicing their faith. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 20 Mar. 2019 Once the official doctrine of the Abbasid court, Mu‘tazili theology eventually became marginalized nearly everywhere except for Yemen, which thus became a unique repository of Mu‘tazili texts. Christian C. Sahner, WSJ, "Yemen’s Threatened Cultural Heritage," 25 Dec. 2018 But leading up to the wedding, Adams’ theology teacher Maria Pollia, who also taught Markle, told her a story that stuck with her. Andrea Castillo,, "Meghan Markle's early years remembered at Immaculate Heart viewing party," 19 May 2018 Father Curry was the couple’s high school theology teacher at Loyola School. New York Times, "Alexandra Plazas, Thomas Herrera," 13 May 2018 With no skills and a theology degree, Abe went to an Air Force recuiter who told him he'd have to get down to 200 pounds in order to enlist. Jared Boyd,, "Former preacher finds calling as Alabama folk artist," 27 Feb. 2018 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

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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 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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