Theology (study of sun gods)
A section from the alphabet page, showing that "theology", introduced primarily by Hesiod (800BC), derives from the older Greek letter "Theta" ‘Θ’ the symbol of both the sun god Ra and, numerically, being the Greek number 9, the Heliopolis Ennead, or god family of nine gods.
In terminology, theology (TR:268), from Greek theos "gods", based on the Greek letter Theta ‘Θ’ (see: alphabet), representing, numerically, the Greek number “9”, symbolic of the nine gods (paut) of the Ennead of Heliopolis (Porphyry, c.280); theta, itself, derived from Egyptian circle with X inside " ", generally known as the symbol for either the city of Heliopolis, aka "city of the sun", or also a circle with dot in side " ʘ " the symbol for Ra, the sun god (Gardiner, 1929), which combined with the Middle English -logy “doctrine or theory”, the latter from -logia "divine communications", from logos "word", is the study of the nature of gods, god, and religious beliefs. [1]

The following are related quotes:

“Practically since its first definitive formulation by Darwin the concept of chance variation and natural selection has dominated the study of evolution, although frequent attempts have been made to replace or modify it. Probably most such attempts are provoked by a vaguely defined awareness of an insufficiency in the natural selection hypothesis, and the recognition of a directive factor in evolutionary processes which persists through successive generations. The latter concept which is commonly known as ‘orthogenesis’, is supported a by considerable amount of evidence (Leo Berg, 1926), but at present is not widely accepted among biologists. The general reason for abandoning or neglecting this concept has been the failure, thus far, to demonstrate the existence of the necessary directing factor outside of the theological doctrine; and one may suspect that fear of leaning too closely to such doctrine has caused most biologists to ‘shy off’ from orthogenesis. It will be the aim of the writer to indicate the actual existence of a directing factor in evolutionary processes, while at the same time avoiding all necessity of invoking theological concepts.”
Harold Blum (1935), “A Consideration of Evolution from a Thermodynamic Viewpoint” [2]

Theologia first appears in Plato, and the term is used both by him (Republic, 379a) and by Aristotle (Metaphysics, 1000a, 1071b) to designate the activity of the poets who gave cosmogonical accounts. Aristotle particularly uses it in contrast with the philosophical speculations of the physikoi (e.g. Metaphysics, 1075b); in effect, it is parallel to the distinction between mythos and logos (qq.v.). In Metaphysics (1026a), a sharply distinct meaning emerges. Aristotle had divided the theoretical sciences into three classes, of which the third deals with substances that are ‘separate’ (for the sense, see choriston) and without kinesis; this is the ‘first philosophy’ or theologike, so called because such substances are the realm of divinity. Theology later expanded to once again embrace all discourse about the gods, and this new understanding of its scope may be seen in the division of theology into ‘mythical, physical, and political’, a division originating in the Middle Stoa (see Augustine, De civ. Dei VI, 5, citing Varro; compare, ibid. IV, 27 and Eusebius, Praep. Evang. IV, 1).”
— Francis Peters (1967), Greek Philosophical Terms (pg. 194)

See also
Ab-ra-ham-ic theologies
Anunian theology
B-ra-hma-ic theologies
● Monotheism
● Polytheism
Ra theology

1. (a) Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 2000.
(b) Google dictionary.
2. (a) Blum, Harold F. (1934). “A Consideration of Evolution from a Thermodynamic View-Point” (abs), presented at the 94th meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Jun 20, in: The American Naturalist, 69(723):354-69, Jul-Aug, 1935.
(b) Berg, Leo S. (1926). Nomogenesis or Evolution Determined by Law (Номогенез, Или Эволюция На Основе Закономерностей) (translator: J.N. Rostovtsow) (thermodynamics, pgs. 174, 405). MIT Press, 1969.

External links
Theology – Wikipedia.

TDics icon ns

More pages