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From Ancient Greek σωτηρία (sōtēría, salvation) +‎ -ology, from σωτήρ (sōtḗr, savior).


  • IPA(key): /səʊtɪəɹɪˈɒləd͡ʒi/


soteriology (countable and uncountable, plural soteriologies)

  1. (theology) The study or doctrine of salvation.
    • 1876, John Pilkington Norris, Rudiments of Theology, E. P. Dutton, page 172,
      BY the Soteriology of the Bible we mean the Doctrine of the Messiah's mediatorial work for man's salvation, as gradually revealed in Holy Scripture.
    • 1998 [Mohr Siebeck], Timo Eskola, Theodicy and Predestination in Pauline Soteriology, 2018, Wipf and Stock, page 302,
      As we have seen during this study, most interpreters of Paul's theology have concluded that his soteriology is of a mystical nature.
    • 2012, Richard Lints, 11: Soteriology, Kelly M. Kapic, Bruce L. McCormack (editors), Mapping Modern Theology, Baker Publishing Group (Baker Academic), page 264,
      Transformationist soteriologies in the nineteenth century supposed that the transformation of individuals by the gospel surely impacted their relation to God while relational soteriologies of the same period inevitably discussed the implications of Christianity upon the character of those who believed it.
    • 2022, R. G. William Loader, Christology, Soteriology, and Ethics in John and Hebrews, Mohr Siebeck, page 139:
      The issue of soteriology in the fourth gospel remains vexed.

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