For the type of theology that provides arguments for the existence of God based on reason and ordinary experience of nature, see Natural theology.

Neology is the coining of new words, from the Greek root (Neo-: new, and Logos-: the word). This practice may be compared with other less mentally intensive, although sometimes computationally intensive forms of wordplay such as anagrams and acrostics, as well as fully developed theories or practices of language, such as aphorisms, poetics, and literary essays.

Sometimes neology is seen as related to the development of new isms, since a new word can mean a new idea.

Specific usages

Part of the series on
17th-century scholasticism
Title page of the Calov Bible

Protestant Reformation

17th-century scholastics

Second scholasticism of the Jesuits
Lutheran scholasticism during Lutheran Orthodoxy
Ramism among the Reformed scholastics
Metaphysical poets in the Church of England

Reactions within Christianity

Labadists against the Jesuits
Pietism against orthodox Lutherans
Nadere Reformatie within Dutch Calvinism
Richard Hooker against the Ramists

Reactions within philosophy

Modernists against Roman Catholics
Neologists against Lutherans
Spinozists against Dutch Calvinists
Deists against English Christianity
John Locke against Bishop Stillingfleet

Neology is the name given to the natural theology of Germany or the rationalisation of the Christian religion. It was preceded by slightly less radical Wolffism.

See also


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