Definition of theology in English:

theology

nounPlural theologies

mass noun
  • 1The study of the nature of God and religious belief.

    ‘a theology degree’
    • ‘In 1888, at the age of 24, he left for America, to study medicine and theology.’
    • ‘Twenty-five at the time, he had been dawdling while taking a degree in theology.’
    • ‘This, in turn, provides a helpful vantage point from which to understand the nature and task of theology.’
    • ‘In theology, exegesis, philosophy, law, and mysticism, Jews and Muslims contributed to and learned from one another.’
    • ‘The religious dimension was not unknown to Darwin, who studied theology at Oxford in his youth.’
    • ‘At college he studied history and theology, then spent several years teaching in the Middle East.’
    • ‘Lopez got a solid grounding in the liberal arts, but enjoyed studying philosophy and theology most.’
    • ‘He is the author of a number of books on theology and the philosophy of religion.’
    • ‘This is a book of stimulating questions on philosophy, theology and scientific theory.’
    • ‘It explores the kinds of issues that genetic developments raise for both theology and ethics.’
    • ‘Students at a Christian school will also study theology and biblical ethics as part of their program.’
    • ‘Now you can do science without studying theology, and you can study theology without knowing all that much science.’
    • ‘And after 11 long years of study, Frank has been awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and religious studies.’
    • ‘Science, like theology, reveals transcendent truths about a changing world.’
    • ‘Some theologians have claimed that theology gives a justification of religion.’
    • ‘While in Carlow he wrote on theology and scripture, literature and homiletics, local history and ecumenism.’
    • ‘Human stories are more interesting than an arid study of theology.’
    • ‘The university offered studies in theology, medicine, and law, but nothing at that time in the natural sciences.’
    • ‘The former Orangeman was awarded a Masters degree in theology for his studies on secret societies and Christianity.’
    • ‘It has taken her three years to train for the ministry and study for a masters degree in theology.’
    • ‘There is a vast area of overlap between theology and the history of religions.’
    • ‘We tend to think of theology as something you study or write or teach.’
    • ‘He was also a chaplain for the university students until 1951, when he again took up his studies on philosophy and theology.’
    1. 1.1 Religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed.
      ‘in Christian theology, God comes to be conceived as Father and Son’
      count noun ‘a willingness to tolerate new theologies’
      • ‘So it has never had until recently the prominence in Christian theology that it has been given by philosophers of religion.’
      • ‘The deductive, dogmatic, nature of Catholic theology is clearly part of it.’
      • ‘The religion is a blend of Christian theology and indigenous American beliefs.’
      • ‘He must be committed to and must have studied Reformed and Baptist theology.’
      • ‘Many controversies arose as the new religion struggled to develop its core theology.’
      • ‘A true Christian theology must reject any dualism of soul and body, spirit and world.’
      • ‘That process in itself says a great deal about the nature of Christian theology.’
      • ‘There is in Catholic theology a theory of just war, which stresses exactly this point.’
      • ‘In what specific ways has the Spirit's authority been subtly neglected in evangelical theology?’
      • ‘A great many things regarding Christian theology change when you study them in Hebrew.’
      • ‘Each of the thinkers discussed, especially Calvin and Schleiermacher, developed their larger systematic theologies in part in response to working out their thought about children.’
      religious studies, religion, scripture
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Origin

Late Middle English (originally applying only to Christianity): from French théologie, from Latin theologia, from Greek, from theos ‘god’ + -logia (see -logy).

Pronunciation

theology

/θɪˈɒlədʒi/