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1. The branch of theology that is concerned with the nature, constitution, and functions of a church.
2. The study of ecclesiastical architecture and ornamentation.

ec·cle′si·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the study of the Christian Church
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the study of Church architecture and decoration
ecclesiological adj
ecˌclesioˈlogically adv
ecˌclesiˈologist n
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(ɪˌkli ziˈɒl ə dʒi)

1. the study of ecclesiastical adornments and furnishings.
2. the study of church doctrine.
ec•cle`si•o•log′ic (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪk) ec•cle`si•o•log′i•cal, adj.
ec•cle`si•o•log′i•cal•ly, adv.
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1. the study of church building and decoration.
2. Theology. the doctrine of the church.
3. the policy and operations of the church. — ecclesiologist, n. — ecclesiologic, ecclesiological, adj.
See also: Church
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Noun1.ecclesiology - the branch of theology concerned with the nature and the constitution and the functions of a church
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
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This discerning work is ecclesiology. Peterson describes the variety of approaches currently propounded by Lutheran and Reformed academic ecclesiologists.