Definition of theology in US English:

theology

noun

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

    • ‘Science, like theology, reveals transcendent truths about a changing world.’
    • ‘There is a vast area of overlap between theology and the history of religions.’
    • ‘He was also a chaplain for the university students until 1951, when he again took up his studies on philosophy and theology.’
    • ‘Students at a Christian school will also study theology and biblical ethics as part of their program.’
    • ‘The former Orangeman was awarded a Masters degree in theology for his studies on secret societies and Christianity.’
    • ‘In theology, exegesis, philosophy, law, and mysticism, Jews and Muslims contributed to and learned from one another.’
    • ‘Human stories are more interesting than an arid study of theology.’
    • ‘At college he studied history and theology, then spent several years teaching in the Middle East.’
    • ‘This is a book of stimulating questions on philosophy, theology and scientific theory.’
    • ‘In 1888, at the age of 24, he left for America, to study medicine and theology.’
    • ‘He is the author of a number of books on theology and the philosophy of religion.’
    • ‘The university offered studies in theology, medicine, and law, but nothing at that time in the natural sciences.’
    • ‘Twenty-five at the time, he had been dawdling while taking a degree in theology.’
    • ‘It explores the kinds of issues that genetic developments raise for both theology and ethics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And after 11 long years of study, Frank has been awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and religious studies.’
    • ‘We tend to think of theology as something you study or write or teach.’
    • ‘The religious dimension was not unknown to Darwin, who studied theology at Oxford in his youth.’
    • ‘It has taken her three years to train for the ministry and study for a masters degree in theology.’
    • ‘Now you can do science without studying theology, and you can study theology without knowing all that much science.’
    • ‘This, in turn, provides a helpful vantage point from which to understand the nature and task of theology.’
    • ‘Lopez got a solid grounding in the liberal arts, but enjoyed studying philosophy and theology most.’
    1. 1.1 Religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed.
      ‘a willingness to tolerate new theologies’
      ‘Augustine assimilated Roman ideals into Christian theology’
      • ‘The deductive, dogmatic, nature of Catholic theology is clearly part of it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He must be committed to and must have studied Reformed and Baptist theology.’
      • ‘The religion is a blend of Christian theology and indigenous American beliefs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So it has never had until recently the prominence in Christian theology that it has been given by philosophers of religion.’
      • ‘In what specific ways has the Spirit's authority been subtly neglected in evangelical theology?’
      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

/θiˈɑlədʒi//THēˈäləjē/