Definition of soteriology in English:



mass nounTheology
  • The doctrine of salvation.

    • ‘The image of the unredeemed sinner kept from falling into hell only by the hand of God was a perfect summary of Calvinist soteriology.’
    • ‘Bays does a masterful job of suggesting activities that begin to give glimpses of insight into soteriology without preaching that penal substitution is the only valid way of understanding salvation.’
    • ‘Much twentieth-century theology was driven by a re-evaluation of soteriology: the question of how the salvation produced or initiated by Christ is to be understood.’
    • ‘It's one thing to assert that eschatology is prior to soteriology in logical terms; it's another to assert its priority in terms of importance.’
    • ‘He posits that while God's offer of salvation and the human response to it are the heart of Christian soteriology, God has actually given an historical assurance of salvation through the ministry of the apostolic church.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek sōtēria ‘salvation’ + -logy.