From Middle English theologie, from Middle French theologie, from Old French theologie, from Latin theologia, from Koine Greek θεολογία (theología), from θεολόγος (theológos, adjective), from θεός (theós) + λόγος (lógos). Surface analysis is theo- + -logy.
- (uncountable) The study of God, a god, or gods; and of the truthfulness of religion in general. [mid-14c.]
- Synonym: (uncommon) godlore
- (uncountable) Synonym of
- (countable) An organized method of interpreting spiritual works and beliefs into practical form. [1660s]
- (countable) A particular belief within a religion.
- 2019, Ben C. Blackwell & R.L. Hatchett, Engaging Theology: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Introduction, Zondervan Academic, →ISBN, page 138:
- Most Muslims reject the theology that Jesus died on a cross and was resurrected from the dead (though there is some ambiguity in the Qur'an on the matter), but they do hold that he ascended to heaven and will return again.
- (uncountable, computing, slang) Subjective marginal details.
- For more quotations using this term, see Citations:theology.
- ^ “theologie” in the Dictionnaires d’autrefois
- ^ “theologie”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- ^ Walter W. Skeat, editor (1910), “Theology”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, new edition, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, OCLC 582746570, page 640.
- ^ “theology, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 2015-03-19.
- Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “theology”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- “theology” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- “theology, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 2015-03-19.
- Walter W. Skeat, editor (1910), “Theology”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, new edition, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, OCLC 582746570, page 640.
- "theology" in WordNet 3.0, Princeton University, 2006.