theo·​lo·​gian ˌthē-ə-ˈlō-jən How to pronounce theologian (audio)
: a specialist in theology

Examples of theologian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bartholomew had a front-row seat, meeting with council delegates, theologians, and other prominent Catholic figures. Robert F. Worth, The Atlantic, 10 Apr. 2024 In recent decades, philosophers and theologians have begun to dig into just how transformative care is for our minds and souls. Phyllis Fagell, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 This rogue's gallery includes a number of archetypical characters ranging from a space cowboy to a theologian to a businessman who's funding everything. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 11 June 2023 By the end of the second century, early Christian theologians like St. Clement of Alexandria described two fires: one that destroys and one that sanctifies. Lanta Davis and Vince Reighard, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Mar. 2024 Robinson, who has taught Bible classes and preached at her church in Iowa City, Iowa, is a learned lay theologian of the Calvinist variety. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2024 Some bishops conferences and theologians rejected the document, saying Catholics should honor their own consciences. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2024 Medieval theologians took the insatiable lusts of women very seriously: as a friend pointed out, the procedure was apparently considered two thirds as bad as accidentally killing one’s baby, which is discussed two items down in the Decretum, for which three years of penance were prescribed. Mary Wellesley, The New York Review of Books, 15 Feb. 2024 But until recently, consciousness was the purview of theologians and philosophers. Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 3 Jan. 2024

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First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of theologian was in the 15th century

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“Theologian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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