theologian

noun
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 Megan Waterson, a feminist theologian, has a new book out called Mary Magdalene Revealed. Jane Ratcliffe, Longreads, "‘I Was Being Used in Slivers and Slices’: On Feminism at Odds With Evangelical Faith," 24 Oct. 2019 Louv is given to digressions — to climate change, psychology, theologians, indigenous healers, loneliness and especially the degradation of the environment. Jeff Rowe, chicagotribune.com, "Author endeavors to show how animals relate to humans," 12 Nov. 2019 Jerome’s writings are now obscure except to theologians and those interested in Church history. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "In real life, Jerome was a combative intellectual. Artists made him lovable.," 18 Sep. 2019 In October 1914, German theologians endorsed a letter by prominent intellectuals that declared Kaiser Wilhelm II’s war policy a defensive necessity. Joseph Loconte, WSJ, "What World War I Taught the Clergy," 8 Nov. 2018 This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Sinéad O’Connor Apologizes for Calling White People 'Disgusting,' Returns to Stage After Hiatus," 9 Sep. 2019 Philosophers and theologians have studied the nature of empathy and compassion for thousands of years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Denny Sanford gives UCSD $100M for landmark studies of empathy, compassion," 23 July 2019 Correction posted January 25, 2009 The original version misstated the religious affiliation of theologian Karl Barth, a member of the Swiss Reformed Church. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Think of the war of words that erupted after June 25th when Russell Moore, a distinguished theologian who heads the Ethics and Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, protested over the fate of migrant children on the Mexican border. The Economist, "When American evangelicals fall out," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of theologian

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Theologian.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theologian. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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theologian

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How to pronounce theologian (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of theologian

: a person who is an expert on theology

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