the field of study and analysis that treats of God and of God’s attributes and relations to the universe; study of divine things or religious truth; divinity.
a particular form, system, branch, or course of this study.
For the progressive left, social activism grounded in faith and theology crested in the 1960s.
How My Party Found God Mike McCurry December 14, 2008
But that’s what happens when you start treating tax cuts as theology; you lose any sense of perspective.
Cowards Sank the Deficit Plan John Avlon December 2, 2010
In a sense, he thought Religious Zionist theology went both too far and not far enough.
The Religious Zionist You Didn’t Know Yehudah Mirsky June 14, 2012
He obsessively reads the theology books that line the sunroom: Max Lucado, C.S Lewis, even Billy Graham.
John Ramsey’s Lingering Suspicions Lucinda Franks October 12, 2008
The reasons for this, I believe, are more about politics, power, and money than about theology or faith.
Bishop Gene Robinson on His New Book ‘God Believes in Love’ & More David Sessions September 20, 2012
But it is not with the theology of this subject that we are now dealing.
Lectures on the Philosophy and Practice of Slavery William A. Smith
They had been discussing the moral influence of racing; this seemed more like theology.
Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
The long truce in the criticism of Trinitarian theology is drawing to its end.
God The Invisible King Herbert George Wells
That went so far as to cast suspicion on all metaphysics, and somewhat on theology.
Initiation into Philosophy Emile Faguet
Indeed Luther did not hesitate to say, that after theology, music was the first of arts.
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, No. XXVI, July 1852, Vol. V Various
noun (pl) -gies
the systematic study of the existence and nature of the divine and its relationship to and influence upon other beings
a specific branch of this study, undertaken from the perspective of a particular group: feminist theology
the systematic study of Christian revelation concerning God’s nature and purpose, esp through the teaching of the Church
a specific system, form, or branch of this study, esp for those preparing for the ministry or priesthood
mid-14c., from Old French theologie “philosophical treatment of Christian doctrine” (14c.), from Latin theologia, from Greek theologia “an account of the gods,” from theologos “one discoursing on the gods,” from theos “god” (see Thea) + -logos “treating of.”
Theology moves back and forth between two poles, the eternal truth of its foundations and the temporal situation in which the eternal truth must be received. [Paul Tillich, “Systematic Theology,” 1951]
The disciplined study of religious questions, such as the nature of God, sin, and salvation.
1. Ironically or humorously used to refer to religious issues.
2. Technical fine points of an abstruse nature, especially those where the resolution is of theoretical interest but is relatively marginal with respect to actual use of a design or system. Used especially around software issues with a heavy AI or language-design component, such as the smart-data vs. smart-programs dispute in AI.
of, relating to, or consisting in ; not practical (distinguished from ). existing only in ; hypothetical. given to, forming, or dealing with ; speculative. Contemporary Examples Polls in a number of swing states show Romney doing better than Perry in theoretical match-ups against Obama. Rick Perry’s Swing-Voter Problem Jill Lawrence September 5, 2011 In […]
opposition; contrast: the antithesis of right and wrong. the direct opposite (usually followed by of or to): Her behavior was the very antithesis of cowardly. Rhetoric. the placing of a sentence or one of its parts against another to which it is opposed to form a balanced contrast of ideas, as in “Give me liberty […]
of the nature of or involving . directly opposed or contrasted; opposite. Historical Examples While Jacobi stood in an antithetic relation to the Kantian philosophy, Fichte appears as its immediate consequence. A History of Philosophy in Epitome Albert Schwegler From this point of view, there is properly no antithetic of pure reason. The Critique of […]
of or relating to the . of or relating to the largest cartilage of the larynx, forming the projection known in humans as the Adam’s apple. . the thyroid cartilage. an artery, vein, etc., in the thyroid region. Medicine/Medical. a preparation made from the of certain animals, used in treating hypothyroid conditions. Contemporary Examples thyroid […]