the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
theology, theological systemnoun
a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings
"Jewish theology"; "Roman Catholic theology"
the learned profession acquired by specialized courses in religion (usually taught at a college or seminary)
"he studied theology at Oxford"
The study of God, or a god, or gods, and the truthfulness of religion in general.
An organized method of interpreting spiritual works and beliefs into practical form.
Etymology: From theologie, teologie, from theologia, from θεολογία,see.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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."
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
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. theologia—theos, God, logos, a treatise.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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. 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. 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
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)
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'theology' in Nouns Frequency: #2775
The numerical value of theology in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of theology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
This verse had been written on my shoestring from the first day of the season, it wasn't a mindless quote, and frankly theology wasn't on my mind as a 21-year-old college athlete.
In the Assembly of Experts the principalists (hardliners) lost seats. That part is more complicated because the people sitting there are theologians, jurists not necessarily politicians, but they do have a lot of power, in the Shi'ite theology the leader is not infallible.
Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.
I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
Paleontology of conservatism and theology of morality. All this is a thing of the past, since the world inevitably goes into the shell of a black hole of selfishness.
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- ilahiyyət, teologiyaAzerbaijani
- teologiaCatalan, Valencian
- धर्मशास्त्र, धर्ममीमांसाHindi
- 神學, 신학Korean
- teologi, kaji tuhanMalay
- godgeleerdheid, theologieDutch
- богословие, теологияRussian
- bogoslovija, богословље, bogoslovlje, богословијаSerbo-Croatian
- ilahiyat, teolojiTurkish
- thần học, 神學Vietnamese
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