Meology

Scientist looking through a microscope

I read a lot of science journals for fun and in an attempt to remain current in various sciences. So today I want to announce to the world that I’ve discovered an overlooked science.

Before my announcement I needed to name this discovery. Since most specializations within science attach the letters “ology” to the name I did a quick search on that suffix.

What is ology?

Wikipedia’s definition is way too complex. The suffix ology is commonly used in the English language to denote a field of study. The ology ending is a combination of the letter o plus logy in which the letter o is used as an interconsonantal letter which, for phonological reasons, precedes the morpheme suffix logy.

Here’s my definition of “ology”: almost any word that ends with ology means the study of what the first part of the word means. Example: dermatology is the study or science of skin. The Greek word dermatos, meaning skin, and is combined with ology – Dermatology.

Meology

Therefore, the name of this new science I’ve re-discovered is called meology. As you can see, this word is composed of two parts: me and ology. This vein of science is the study of “me”, hence me-ology.

Meology is limited to me. You can have your own study. A fascinating aspect of this science is that it can’t be yourology; that’s way too close to urology, the branch of medicine concerned with the function and disorders of the urinary system.

Yourology and urology, how could you tell the difference in a conversation?

Meology in the Bible

Undoubtedly, the most important aspect of meology can be found in the Bible. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul wrote in Philippians 2:12-13 (ESV), “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Fear and trembling certainly calls me to be serious about my study as it should you in yourology your meology. Also, I see that meology is not just research but it includes applied science. “Ellicott’s Commentary” provides the following insight:

Work out your own salvation.—To “work out” is (as in Ephesians 6:13) to carry out to completion what is begun. This is the function of man, as fellow-worker with God, first in his own soul, and then among his brethren.

It seems we each have a need for meology. Thankfully, as Christians, we have God alive within us. Thank you, Jesus!

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