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Line breaks: so¦teri|ology
Pronunciation: /sə(ʊ)ˌtɪərɪˈɒlədʒi
, sɒ-/

Definition of soteriology in English:


[mass noun] Theology
The doctrine of salvation.
Example sentences
  • It's one thing to assert that eschatology is prior to soteriology in logical terms; it's another to assert its priority in terms of importance.
  • Much twentieth-century theology was driven by a re-evaluation of soteriology: the question of how the salvation produced or initiated by Christ is to be understood.
  • He posits that while God's offer of salvation and the human response to it are the heart of Christian soteriology, God has actually given an historical assurance of salvation through the ministry of the apostolic church.


mid 19th century: from Greek sōtēria 'salvation' + -logy.



Example sentences
  • He contends that they each reflect the basic soteriological, christological, eschatological, and ecclesiological thrusts of the letter.
  • Only when Christ's death was ordered to the Exodus recollection could the eschatological dimension of the soteriological significance of Jesus' death be appreciated.
  • John and Hebrews provide a more philosophical and poetic expression of the nativity, setting the event in its theological and soteriological perspective.

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