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

Definition of theologian

: a specialist in theology

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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 Billy Graham is the closest that Google can manage to an important theologian or philosopher. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 Writer and theologian Diana Butler Bass provided a comprehensive overview of the verse’s original context on Twitter. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The racist history of the Bible verse the White House uses to justify separating families," 15 June 2018 Some prime numbers are named after Marin Mersenne, a French theologian and mathematician who studied them in the early 17th century. Valencia Prashad, New York Times, "How a Church Deacon Found the Biggest Prime Number Yet (It Wasn’t as Hard as You Think)," 26 Jan. 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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