What is theology?

  • (noun): The rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth.
    Synonyms: divinity
    See also — Additional definitions below


Theology (from Ancient Greek Θεός meaning "God" and λόγος, -logy, meaning "study of") is the systematic and rational study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truths, or the learned profession acquired by completing specialized training in religious studies, usually at a university or school of divinity or seminary.

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Iain Torrance - The Torrance Family in Theology
... Alan Torrance is Professor of Systematic Theology at St Andrews University ... Torrance, sometime Professor of Systematic Theology at University of Aberdeen, was his uncle ...
Theology - Criticism - General Criticism
... Charles Darwin used theology to show that in Darwin's opinion living organisms are not the way an intelligent designer would have made them ... Therefore in Darwin's opinion theology supports natural selection ... Charles Bradlaugh believed theology prevented human beings achieving liberty ...
Christianity In Korea - Growth of Christianity - Minjung Theology
... this struggle has taken the form of Minjung theology ... Minjung theology is based on the "image of God" concept expressed in Genesis 126–27, but also incorporates the traditional Korean feeling of han, a word that has no exact English translation, but that ... Minjung theology depicts commoners in Korean history as the rightful masters of their own destiny ...
Friedrich Wetter - Early Life and Ordination
... University in Rome, where he obtained a doctorate in theology ... priest for a year in Glanmünchweiler, he became Professor of Fundamental Theology in Eichstätt for five years (1962-1967) and Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Johannes ...
Ascetical Theology
... Ascetical theology is the organized study or presentation of spiritual teachings found in Christian Scripture and the Church Fathers that help the faithful to more perfectly follow Christ and ... The term ascetical theology is used primarily in Catholic theology the Eastern Orthodox use distinct terms (see below) and other religious traditions conceive of following Christ or God ...

More definitions of "theology":

  • (noun): The learned profession acquired by specialized courses in religion (usually taught at a college or seminary).
    Example: "He studied theology at Oxford"
  • (noun): A particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings.
    Example: "Jewish theology"; "Roman Catholic theology"
    Synonyms: theological system

Famous quotes containing the word theology:

    Only men of moral and mental force, of a patriotic regard for the relationship of the two races, can be of real service as ministers in the South. Less theology and more of human brotherhood, less declamation and more common sense and love for truth, must be the qualifications of the new ministry that shall yet save the race from the evils of false teaching.
    Fannie Barrier Williams (1855–1944)

    ... the generation of the 20’s was truly secular in that it still knew its theology and its varieties of religious experience. We are post-secular, inventing new faiths, without any sense of organizing truths. The truths we accept are so multiple that honesty becomes little more than a strategy by which you manage your tendencies toward duplicity.
    Ann Douglas (b. 1942)