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theology

[thee-ol-uh-jee] /θiˈɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural theologies.
1.
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.
2.
a particular form, system, branch, or course of this study.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English theologie < Old French < Late Latin theologia < Greek theología. See theo-, -logy
Related forms
antitheology, adjective
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  • Brain science helps fill the hole left by the atrophy of theology and philosophy.
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  • First you have to determine whether you are answering a question of biology, theology, or law.
  • At their best, science fiction and theology can leave us awestruck before the unutterable strangeness and vastness of the cosmos.
  • Newton wrote more about theology than he did about physics.
  • theology cannot say what happened during those miraculous events.
  • Let's bracket for a moment whether or not this can be worked out within a revealed theology.
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  • Since these questions verge on theology, modern philosophers and political theorists tend to shrink from them.
  • Beyond such euro-theology, there is a deeper question of democracy.
British Dictionary definitions for theology

theology

/θɪˈɒlədʒɪ/
noun (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
Derived Forms
theologist, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin theologia, from Latin; see theo-, -logy
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Word Origin and History for theology
n.

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]

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theology in Culture

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The disciplined study of religious questions, such as the nature of God, sin, and salvation.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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theology in Technology


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.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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