Definition: Theology

From New World Encyclopedia


From Middle English theologie, from Middle French theologie, from Old French theologie, from Latin theologia, from Koine Greek θεολογία or theología, from θεολόγος or theológos, from θεός or theós + λόγος or lógos. Surface analysis is theo- + -logy.


theology (usually uncountable, plural theologies)

  1. The study of God, a god, or gods; and of the truthfulness of religion in general.
  2. Synonym of religious studies.
  3. An organized method of interpreting spiritual works and beliefs into practical form.
  4. A particular belief within a religion.

Derived terms

  • atheology
  • theologian
  • theologist
  • cosmotheology
  • feminist theology
  • liberation theology
  • pantheology
  • prosperity theology
  • pyrotheology

Related terms

  • thealogian
  • thealogy
  • theologoumenon
  • theurgy


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