Theology

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Theology is the study of all religions. religious faith, practice, experience or of spirituality.

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Definition

Augustine of Hippo defined the Latin equivalent, theologia, as "reasoning or discussion concerning the Deity";[1] Richard Hooker defined "theology" in English as "the science of things divine".[2] The term can, however, be used for a variety of different disciplines or forms of discourse.[3] Theologians use various forms of analysis and argument (philosophical, ethnographic, historical, spiritual and others) to help understand, explain, test, critique, defend or promote any of myriad religious topics. Theology might be undertaken to help the theologian

  • understand more truly his or her own religious beliefs,[4]
  • understand more another religious belief,[5]
  • make comparisons between religious beliefs,[6]
  • defend or justify a religious belief,
  • facilitate reform of a particular belief,[7]
  • assist in the propagation of a religious belief,[8] or
  • draw on the resources of a belief to address some present situation or need,[9]
  • draw on the resources of a belief to explore possible ways of interpreting the world,[10] or
  • explore the nature of divinity without reference to any specific belief.

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