|—n , pl -gies|
|1.||the systematic study of the existence and nature of the divine and its relationship to and influence upon other beings|
|2.||a specific branch of this study, undertaken from the perspective of a particular group: feminist theology|
|3.||the systematic study of Christian revelation concerning God's nature and purpose, esp through the teaching of the Church|
|4.||a specific system, form, or branch of this study, esp for those preparing for the ministry or priesthood|
|[C14: from Late Latin theologia, from Latin; see |
"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.