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Theologia
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I. The Term

1. Earliest occurrence.

The word ϑεολογ-/theolog- (and its derivatives) appeared late in the history of the Greek language and was initially rare. The earliest witness dates from the late classical period, where we find the noun ϑεολογία/theología. Plato criticized using fictional, mendacious, and immoral myths in the education of children. He names Homer, Hesiod, and the other poets who describe theogonies, theomachies, and bat…

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Cancik, Hubert, “Theologia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_025100>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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