the branch of religious studies focusing on those religions and sects which affirm the existence of extraterrestrial intelligent life and incorporate this, as a central belief, into a wider theological or philosophical system; a system of exotheism.
- Exotheological | ˌɛksəʊθɪˈɒlədʒɪk(ə)l | adjective
- Exotheologically | ˌɛksəʊθɪˈɒlədʒɪkli | adverb
- Exotheologian |ˌ ˌɛksəʊθɪəˈləʊdʒ(ə)n | noun
Origin and etymology
- Astro-English: from Astronese, the prefix exo-, denoting externality, conjoined with the word theology denoting the study of religious beliefs and divinity; meaning ‘the study of divine power incorporating extraterrestrial life.’ Exotheology is the root practice of the belief system of exotheism (which as a term encompasses a number of different systems).