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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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 David Poindexter earned a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and a master’s in theology from Boston University, following his father into the ministry. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "David Poindexter, 89, Who Used Media to Preach Family Planning, Dies," 19 Feb. 2018 For Brooks no less than Eisenhower, the actual theology or spiritual content of religion is immaterial. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "David Brooks needs a name for his new religion.," 13 June 2018 After 13 hours of closed-door sessions, the seminary's trustees appointed D. Jeffrey Bingham, the seminary's dean of the school of theology, as interim president. The Washington Post,, "Prominent Southern Baptist leader removed after remarks about abused women," 23 May 2018 Pinn is a professor of African-American religion, constructive theology and humanist thought whose work often explores the nature of evil. Jef Rouner, Houston Chronicle, "‘Night of the Living Dead’: What a zombie classic says about death in America," 3 July 2018 Fuller said the keynote speaker will be Dr. Amey Victoria Adkins-Jones, a Boston College assistant professor of theology and part of the African and African Diaspora Studies Program at the college, Fuller said. John Hilliard,, "Newton Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast set for May 23," 16 May 2018 What this argument reflects, in part, is one of the brainteasers of nuclear theology. The Economist, "What Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ought to talk about in Helsinki," 12 July 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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