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

Definition of theologian

: a specialist in theology

Examples of theologian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the start of the Cold War, American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr addressed critics of his magazine, Christianity and Crisis, who faulted him for taking a hard line against Joseph Stalin’s Russia. Joseph Loconte, National Review, 1 May 2022 Like his fundamentalist forebears, conservative evangelical Baptist theologian Carl F.H. Henry argued in 1976 that all Christian doctrine can be rationally explained and can persuade any nonbeliever. Jason Oliver Evans, The Conversation, 14 Apr. 2022 Her exhibit included a diorama that featured the home of Shubael Conant, a wealthy Yale theologian who owned Titus’ parents, Tubijah and Pegg, when he was born. Melanie Savage,, 25 Mar. 2022 But beyond her critical analysis of pivotal pop-culture moments, Benbow is a theologian with degrees from Tennessee State University, North Carolina Central University, and Duke Divinity School. Glamour, 19 Jan. 2022 In 1979, fourteen months after the election of Pope John Paul II, the Vatican withdrew Küng’s license to teach as a Catholic theologian; three years later, Ratzinger took the Vatican’s top doctrinal job. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2022 In 1986, the late South African Anglican bishop and theologian Desmond Tutu kicked off a U.S. tour at the church preaching against apartheid. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 19 Feb. 2022 The rumors began on Dec. 26, when The Times UK published an interview with the Rev. Andrew Davison, a Cambridge University theologian and biologist who participated in the research program from 2016-17. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2022 In The Spirit, Novak noted that the French theologian, Jacques Maritain, had written about the American economy’s underlying spirit in his 1958 book, Reflections on America. Samuel Gregg, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of theologian

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Theologian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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