THEOLOGY

theology

(noun) the learned profession acquired by specialized courses in religion (usually taught at a college or seminary); “he studied theology at Oxford”

theology, divinity

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

theology, theological system

(noun) a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings; “Jewish theology”; “Roman Catholic theology”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

theology (usually uncountable, plural theologies)

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

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

(uncountable, computing, slang) Subjective marginal details.

Hyponyms

• cosmotheology

• feminist theology

• liberation theology

• pantheology

• prosperity theology

• pyrotheology

• Thomism

Anagrams

• ethology

Source: Wiktionary


The*ol"o*gy, n.; pl. Theologies. Etym: [L. theologia, Gr. théologie. See Theism, and Logic.]

Definition: 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." Many speak of theology as a science of religion [instead of "science of God"] because they disbelieve that there is any knowledge of God to be attained. Prof. R. Flint (Enc. Brit.). Theology is ordered knowledge; representing in the region of the intellect what religion represents in the heart and life of man. Gladstone. Ascetic theology, Natural theology. See Ascetic, Natural.

– Moral theology, that phase of theology which is concerned with moral character and conduct.

– Revealed theology, theology which is to be learned only from revelation.

– Scholastic theology, theology as taught by the scholastics, or as prosecuted after their principles and methods.

– Speculative theology, theology as founded upon, or influenced by, speculation or metaphysical philosophy.

– Systematic theology, that branch of theology of which the aim is to reduce all revealed truth to a series of statements that together shall constitute an organized whole. E. G. Robinson (Johnson's Cyc.).

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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