What does theology mean?

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θiˈɒl ə dʒithe·ol·o·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. theology, divinitynoun

    the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth

  2. theology, theological systemnoun

    a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings

    "Jewish theology"; "Roman Catholic theology"

  3. theologynoun

    the learned profession acquired by specialized courses in religion (usually taught at a college or seminary)

    "he studied theology at Oxford"

Wiktionary

  1. theologynoun

    The study of God, or a god, or gods, and the truthfulness of religion in general.

  2. theologynoun

    An organized method of interpreting spiritual works and beliefs into practical form.

  3. Etymology: From theologie, teologie, from theologia, from θεολογία,see.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. THEOLOGYnoun

    Divinity.

    Etymology: theologie, Fr. ϑεολογία.

    The whole drift of the scripture of God, what is it but only to teach theology? Theology, what is it but the science of things divine? Richard Hooker, b. iii.

    She was most dear to the king in regard of her knowledge in languages, in theology, and in philosophy. John Hayward.

    The oldest writers of theology were of this mind. John Tillotson.

Wikipedia

  1. Theology

    Theology is the systematic study of the nature of the divine and, more broadly, of religious belief. It is taught as an academic discipline, typically in universities and seminaries. It occupies itself with the unique content of analyzing the supernatural, but also deals with religious epistemology, asks and seeks to answer the question of revelation. Revelation pertains to the acceptance of God, gods, or deities, as not only transcendent or above the natural world, but also willing and able to interact with the natural world and, in particular, to reveal themselves to humankind. While theology has turned into a secular field, religious adherents still consider theology to be a discipline that helps them live and understand concepts such as life and love and that helps them lead lives of obedience to the deities they follow or worship. Theologians use various forms of analysis and argument (experiential, philosophical, ethnographic, historical, and others) to help understand, explain, test, critique, defend or promote any myriad of religious topics. As in philosophy of ethics and case law, arguments often assume the existence of previously resolved questions, and develop by making analogies from them to draw new inferences in new situations. The study of theology may help a theologian more deeply understand their own religious tradition, another religious tradition, or it may enable them to explore the nature of divinity without reference to any specific tradition. Theology may be used to propagate, reform, or justify a religious tradition; or it may be used to compare, challenge (e.g. biblical criticism), or oppose (e.g. irreligion) a religious tradition or worldview. Theology might also help a theologian address some present situation or need through a religious tradition, or to explore possible ways of interpreting the world.

ChatGPT

  1. theology

    Theology is the study or field of inquiry that discusses, analyzes, and interprets the concepts, nature, and principles related to divinity, religion, religious beliefs, and systems. It includes the investigation and analysis of religious practices, human spiritual experiences, scripture interpretations, and religious texts. It's also involved in the broader discussions about morality, the meaning of life, the purpose of the universe, and the existence of a divine power or God.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Theologynoun

    the science of God or of religion; the science which treats of the existence, character, and attributes of God, his laws and government, the doctrines we are to believe, and the duties we are to practice; divinity; (as more commonly understood) "the knowledge derivable from the Scriptures, the systematic exhibition of revealed truth, the science of Christian faith and life."

Wikidata

  1. Theology

    Theology is the systematic and rational study of concepts of God and its influences and of the nature of religious truths, or the learned profession acquired by completing specialized training in religious studies, usually at a university or school of divinity or seminary.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Theology

    thē-ol′ō-ji, n. the science which treats of God, and of man's duty to Him—Natural, as discoverable by the light of reason alone; or Positive or Revealed, based on the study of divine revelation.—ns. Theol′ogaster (-gas-), a shallow fellow who pretends to a knowledge of theology; Theol′ogate (-gāt), the course of study for R.C. priests; Theol′oger, a theologian; Theolō′gian, one well versed in theology: a divine, a professor of or writer on divinity, esp. in R.C. usage, a theological lecturer attached to a cathedral church—also Theolō′gus (-gus).—adjs. Theolog′ic, -al, pertaining to theology or divinity.—adv. Theolog′ically.—n. Theolog′ics, theological disputation.—v.t. Theol′ogise, to render theological.—v.i. to make a system of theology.—ns. Theol′ogiser, one who theologises; Theol′ogist, a student in the science of theology: a theologian; Thē′ologue (-log), a theologian, esp. a theological student. [Gr. theologiatheos, God, logos, a treatise.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Theology

    the science which treats of God, particularly as He manifests Himself in His relation to man in nature, reason, or revelation.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. theology

    1. A hideous juggernaut to whose wheels cling the blood and bone and the flattened flesh of a million dead emotions. 2. Not what we know about God, but what we do not know about Nature. 3. Obsolete psychology, or the arbitrary rule of a Theos or god. 4. An engine planned for the purpose of bewildering humanity. 5. Self-deceived egotism, hiding behind the name of Deity. 6. Antique and obsolete philosophy. 7. The science of a non-existent, all-powerful, all-wise and all-loving nix.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. theology

    1. Ironically or humorously used to refer to religious issues. 2. Technical fine points of an abstruse nature, esp. those where the resolution is of theoretical interest but is relatively marginal with respect to actual use of a design or system. Used esp. around software issues with a heavy AI or language-design component, such as the smart-data vs. smart-programs dispute in AI.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Theology

    The study of religion and religious belief, or a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings (from online Cambridge Dictionary of American English, 2000 and WordNet: An Electronic Lexical Database, 1997)

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    Rank popularity for the word 'theology' in Nouns Frequency: #2775

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of theology in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of theology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of theology in a Sentence

  1. Marcus Yoder:

    Many people in the community feel helpless, but they also realize the power of prayer and the power of our historic theology.

  2. Larry Pratt:

    Christian doctrine teaches that man is fallen. He's sinful and our natural tendency is to do bad things, so, especially in a church, we ought to be alert to the fact that there might be a dirt bag on the loose. ... To try to assume that no defense is a good defense is a lousy theology.

  3. Albert Einstein:

    The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description

  4. Christopher Morley:

    My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated, but not signed.

  5. H. L. Mencken:

    Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.

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  • Mavusana Mkize
    Mavusana Mkize
    Study of nature of God and religion
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  • Elza Eliacin
    Elza Eliacin
    are we missing a good definition of theology
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