Theology as a Science: An Historical and Linguistic Approach

Mark Moore

Vol. 1, No. 2

Fall 2019

Pages: 241-250

Theology as a Science: An Historical and Linguistic Approach

DOI: 10.33929/sherm.2019.vol1.no2.07

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Mark Moore, Theology, Metaphysics, Science, Wisdom, Wissenschaft, Knowledge

This article argues that, given the historical and linguistic background of the terms involved, the study of theology can, in fact, be considered a scientific endeavor, but one must clearly note what is inferred by the term “scientific.” Historically, the term “science” or “scientific” has dealt with the realm of knowledge of both the natural and supranatural world. The question of whether theology should be classified as a science arose during the formation of the medieval universities in the thirteenth century, as well as the formation of modern German universities in the nineteenth century. Theologians from Aquinas to Schleiermacher argued that theology should be considered a science and, therefore, a proper subject of study in the university. The affirmation of theology as a science in this article is based on this historical survey, as well as the broader linguistic understanding of the term “science.”

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