theo·​log·​i·​cal ˌthē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce theological (audio)
variants or less commonly theologic
: of or relating to theology
: preparing for a religious vocation
a theological student
theologically adverb

Examples of theological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The good news is that they can be avoided in the future by making sure to check translations at their source; pressing writers to link to primary sources when possible; and placing scriptural citations from any faith into their proper theological and historical context. Yair Rosenberg, The Atlantic, 21 Jan. 2024 When the other panelists turned the conversation to other theological matters, no one had a question for either of them for the remaining 45 minutes. John Blake, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 Similarly, before Saturday’s assault, the heads of Hamas regularly broadcast their ideological and theological commitment to Israel’s destruction. Michael Oren, The Atlantic, 9 Oct. 2023 His case is a sociological, economic, and theological one. Katherine Howell, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 For many of the members, the vote signaled that their theological and political values were increasingly out of step with mainline Christianity. Ruth Graham, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2023 The editorial further made clear that the priority, both strategic and theological, ought to be on fighting the regimes of neighboring Arab countries. Cole Bunzel, Foreign Affairs, 2 Nov. 2023 The Jewish students listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit include four enrolled in the Harvard Law School, one studying public health and one seeking a master's in theological studies at the Harvard Divinity School. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 12 Jan. 2024 Did a legal process, adjudicated by evidentiary rules and judge and jury, really qualify as a theological category? Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 7 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of theological was in the 15th century

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“Theological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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