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Syllabification: the·ol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /THēˈäləjē

Definition of theology in English:

noun (plural theologies)

1The study of the nature of God and religious belief.
Example sentences
  • And after 11 long years of study, Frank has been awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and religious studies.
  • The former Orangeman was awarded a Masters degree in theology for his studies on secret societies and Christianity.
  • Now you can do science without studying theology, and you can study theology without knowing all that much science.
1.1Religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed: Augustine assimilated Roman ideals into Christian theology a willingness to tolerate new theologies
More example sentences
  • There is in Catholic theology a theory of just war, which stresses exactly this point.
  • Many controversies arose as the new religion struggled to develop its core theology.
  • The religion is a blend of Christian theology and indigenous American beliefs.


late Middle English (originally applying only to Christianity): from French théologie, from Latin theologia, from Greek, from theos 'god' + -logia (see -logy).



Example sentences
  • All these are questions that scientists and theologists alike are trying to find answers to.
  • British natural theologists, including John Ray and Robert Boyle, united science with religion in an attempt to show that happiness was part of God's plan.
  • So magnificent and so magical is this divine harmony of the Universe that even the greatest scholars, physicists, philosophers, theologists, and astronomers still don't have all the answers.

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