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theology


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Theology  \The*ol"o*gy\,  n.;  pl  {Theologies}.  [L.  theologia,  Gr 
  ?;  ?  God  +  ?  discourse:  cf  F.  th['e]ologie.  See  {Theism}, 
  and  {Logic}.] 
  The  science  of  God  or  of  religion;  the  science  which  treats 
  of  the  existence,  character,  and  attributes  of  God,  his  laws 
  and  government,  the  doctrines  we  are  to  believe,  and  the 
  duties  we  are  to  practice;  divinity;  (as  more  commonly 
  understood)  ``the  knowledge  derivable  from  the  Scriptures, 
  the  systematic  exhibition  of  revealed  truth,  the  science  of 
  Christian  faith  and  life.'' 
 
  Many  speak  of  theology  as  a  science  of  religion 
  [instead  of  ``science  of  God'']  because  they  disbelieve 
  that  there  is  any  knowledge  of  God  to  be  attained. 
  --Prof.  R. 
  Flint  (Enc. 
  Brit.). 
 
  Theology  is  ordered  knowledge;  representing  in  the 
  region  of  the  intellect  what  religion  represents  in  the 
  heart  and  life  of  man.  --Gladstone. 
 
  {Ascetic  theology},  {Natural  theology}.  See  {Ascetic}, 
  {Natural}. 
 
  {Moral  theology},  that  phase  of  theology  which  is  concerned 
  with  moral  character  and  conduct. 
 
  {Revealed  theology},  theology  which  is  to  be  learned  only 
  from  revelation. 
 
  {Scholastic  theology},  theology  as  taught  by  the  scholastics, 
  or  as  prosecuted  after  their  principles  and  methods. 
 
  {Speculative  theology},  theology  as  founded  upon  or 
  influenced  by  speculation  or  metaphysical  philosophy. 
 
  {Systematic  theology},  that  branch  of  theology  of  which  the 
  aim  is  to  reduce  all  revealed  truth  to  a  series  of 
  statements  that  together  shall  constitute  an  organized 
  whole.  --E.  G.  Robinson  (Johnson's  Cyc.). 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  theology 
  n  1:  the  rational  and  systematic  study  of  religion  and  its 
  influences  and  of  the  nature  of  religious  truth  [syn:  {divinity}] 
  2:  a  particular  system  or  school  of  religious  beliefs  and 
  teachings;  "Jewish  theology";  "Roman  Catholic  theology" 
  [syn:  {theological  system}] 
  3:  the  learned  profession  acquired  by  specialized  courses  in 
  religion  (usually  taught  at  a  college  or  seminary);  "he 
  studied  theology  at  Oxford" 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  theology  n.  1.  Ironically  or  humorously  used  to  refer  to 
  {religious  issues}.  2.  Technical  fine  points  of  an  abstruse  nature, 
  esp.  those  where  the  resolution  is  of  theoretical  interest  but  is 
  relatively  {marginal}  with  respect  to  actual  use  of  a  design  or  system. 
  Used  esp.  around  software  issues  with  a  heavy  AI  or  language-design 
  component,  such  as  the  smart-data  vs  smart-programs  dispute  in  AI 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  theology 
 
  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}] 
 
 




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