theo·​lo·​gian | \ ˌthē-ə-ˈlō-jən How to pronounce theologian (audio) \

Definition of theologian

: a specialist in theology

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The board would be made up of 14 to 20 people from various backgrounds, including at least one theologian, one ethicist, one physician, and one attorney. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Trump administration restricts fetal tissue research," 5 June 2019 The American theologian and poet of the idea underlying Mr. Trump’s rise is Ralph Waldo Emerson, who believed in the rising every day of a new sun—an essentially American sun. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Did an Ancient Greek Anticipate Trump?," 22 June 2018 On August 9, 2017, venerable evangelical theologian Richard Mouw published a critical open letter to Jerry Falwell Jr. in his own regular column, Civil Evangelicalism. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Inside the Spectacular Implosion of Religion News Service," 27 Apr. 2018 Kelly Brown Douglas, the canon theologian at Washington National Cathedral in the District and dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, served on the committee recommending a change to gender-neutral language. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "Is God male? The Episcopal Church debates whether to change its Book of Common Prayer.," 3 July 2018 Surfers, like theologians, must wrestle with the problem of evil. James Ryerson, New York Times, "What’s Bad News for Coastlines Can Be Good News for Surfers," 29 Dec. 2017 The rice belt hugs Najaf, Shiite Islam's holiest city, where theologians and politicians have powerful influence. Philip Issa, Fox News, "Iraq bans farming summer crops as water crisis grows dire," 5 July 2018 Prominent Catholic organizations and theologians, however, have made their views known. New York Times, "Understanding Ireland’s Vote on Whether to Keep Its Abortion Ban," 25 May 2018 Limbo, some medieval theologians reasoned, must have been where Jesus went in the three days between his death and resurrection to free the virtuous souls who had perished before him but not had the opportunity to be redeemed by his sacrifice. John Hooper, WSJ, "How a $30 Million Renaissance Masterpiece Was Found," 21 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who is an expert on theology

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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