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.
Recent Examples on the Web Chad Daybell has written several apocalyptic novels based loosely on Mormon religious theology. CBS News, ""Monster" mother of 2 missing kids misses deadline to bring them to authorities," 31 Jan. 2020 In that time, some family members have entirely rejected the theology in question and others are still believers but are much less hairline about these issues. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live (Jan 24)," 24 Jan. 2020 To equip progressive Christians with theology and prayer in their activism. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "This nationally recognized LGBTQ faith leader to watch for in 2020 is based in Louisville," 13 Dec. 2019 Boswell’s church and others wrote letters in support of the congregation, but the NWYM ultimately expelled four worship communities with LGBTQ-affirming theology. Washington Post, "Viral video reignites LGBTQ debate at Quaker school," 5 Dec. 2019 Since the late 15th century, the church provided Moscow’s rulers with a political theology of manifest destiny, asserting that Moscow had become the Second Jerusalem and the Third Rome (Constantinople being the second). Michael Khodarkovsky, WSJ, "Russia Wages a Religious War Against Ukraine," 30 Sep. 2018 But Cave, 61, who now lives with his wife Susie Bick in Los Angeles, seems more interested in seeking than arriving at a conclusive theology. Daniel Burke, CNN, "A rock star was asked what God's voice sounds like. His answer is beautiful," 29 June 2019 But others also pointed out how this could be more than just lazy storytelling, arguing that the move feels ignorant of Islamic theology and shows an obvious pandering to English-speaking, non-Islamic audiences. Alejandra Salazar,, "What Is The Meaning Of Al-Masih & Why Is Netflix’s Messiah Using The Controversial Term?," 1 Jan. 2020 Catholic hospitals are governed by 77 directives, which fuse theology with medicine and technology. Washington Post, "Wisconsin’s Catholic hospitals limit reproductive procedures," 21 Dec. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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