Definition of exotheology

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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). 
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