|n.||1.||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.
Theology is ordered knowledge; representing in the region of the intellect what religion represents in the heart and life of man.
|Noun||1.||theology - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth|
|2.||theology - a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings; "Jewish theology"; "Roman Catholic theology"|
Synonyms: theological system
|3.||theology - the learned profession acquired by specialized courses in religion (usually taught at a college or seminary); "he studied theology at Oxford"|
|1.||theology - Ironically or humorously used to refer to religious issues.|
|2.||theology - 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.|