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Speculative theology

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Speculative theology theology as founded upon, or influenced by, speculation or metaphysical philosophy.
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Usage

In literature:

What bogs of theological speculations!
"The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." by Washington Irving
He was a metaphysician by nature, but he erred in speculating with theology.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
What he offers is portions of a theological Christian dogmatic and speculative ethic.
"History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
His tendency, like that of his people, was religious rather than theological, practical rather than speculative.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
His speculative habits theology had moulded; his active habits had been formed in the camp.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
Man in all times and places has speculated on the nature and origin of the world, and connected such questions with his theology.
"The Religion of Ancient Egypt" by W. M. Flinders Petrie
The truth is, that these theological speculations carry us nowhere.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
The term plays an important part in metaphysical, ethical and theological speculation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
Yet the state of theological speculation, reflected in these writings, is one of transition.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
The one turns religion into theological speculation; the other, into a theatrical spectacle.
"The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon" by Alexander Maclaren
Economics and some kinds of theological speculation are also a favourite study.
"Notable Women Authors of the Day" by Helen C. Black
There was one great defect in his speculative theology: he ignored historical criticism.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 9" by Various
Even to the present day his writings give a tinge to the language and speculations of philosophy and theology.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 1. No 1, June 1850" by Various
The people were rude and uncultured, and not much given to vain theological speculation.
"A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II" by Henry Charles Lea
Debates, theological, concerned with speculative dogmas, 108.
"The Beginners of a Nation" by Edward Eggleston
In due order Mrs. Eddy's theological speculation will be further considered.
"The Church of St. Bunco" by Gordon Clark
As such the term has played an important part in the philosophical and theological speculation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 5" by Various
Nevertheless, the science of speculative theology is as yet lamentably incomplete.
"British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV" by Various
He cared little for theological speculation, being a true and typical Spaniard.
"A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2)" by Thomas M. Lindsay
The Jesuits had systematically abstained as far as was possible from purely speculative theology.
"Voltaire" by John Morley
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In science:

And finally, as if to close the circle, at the end of the millennium many theoreticians have again turned to theological speculations which are not amenable to experimental confirmation.
MESON2000 Conference Summary
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