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[thee-ol-uh-jee] /θiˈɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural theologies.
the field of study and analysis that treats of God and of God's attributes and relations to the universe; study of divine things or religious truth; divinity.
a particular form, system, branch, or course of this study.
Origin of theology
1325-75; Middle English theologie < Old French < Late Latin theologia < Greek theología. See theo-, -logy
Related forms
antitheology, adjective Unabridged
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  • I need not tell you that to me reformations in morals are as meaningless and vulgar as Reformations in theology.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • They had been discussing the moral influence of racing; this seemed more like theology.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • And always they brought their theology to the test of actual life.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • The Lourdes of theology begins where the Lourdes of bartering ends.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • In theology, the state of a luckless mortal prenatally damned.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
British Dictionary definitions for theology


noun (pl) -gies
the systematic study of the existence and nature of the divine and its relationship to and influence upon other beings
a specific branch of this study, undertaken from the perspective of a particular group: feminist theology
the systematic study of Christian revelation concerning God's nature and purpose, esp through the teaching of the Church
a specific system, form, or branch of this study, esp for those preparing for the ministry or priesthood
Derived Forms
theologist, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin theologia, from Latin; see theo-, -logy
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Word Origin and History for theology

mid-14c., from Old French theologie "philosophical treatment of Christian doctrine" (14c.), from Latin theologia, from Greek theologia "an account of the gods," from theologos "one discoursing on the gods," from theos "god" (see Thea) + -logos "treating of."

Theology moves back and forth between two poles, the eternal truth of its foundations and the temporal situation in which the eternal truth must be received. [Paul Tillich, "Systematic Theology," 1951]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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theology in Culture

theology definition

The disciplined study of religious questions, such as the nature of God, sin, and salvation.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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