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

Definition of theologian

: a specialist in theology

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Recent Examples on the Web It’s from Meister Eckhart, a thirteenth century German theologian. Beth Thames |, al, "In 2021, practice your ‘attitude of gratitude’," 13 Jan. 2021 Salamon de Caus, a French Huguenot and engineer once credited with the invention of the steam engine, read it while in Italy and in 1571, the German theologian, Malthesius mentioned the aeolipile in one of his sermons. Addison Nugent, Popular Mechanics, "Why Heron's Aeolipile Is One of History's Greatest Forgotten Machines," 29 Nov. 2020 One of the most significant figure connected to the Whitefriars site was Nicholas Cantilupe, a theologian and historian from a noble family. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Long-Lost Medieval Monastery Discovered Beneath Parking Garage in England," 20 Oct. 2020 Crime Coalition Chairman Michael Cowan, a psychologist, theologian and Loyola University professor, said at least some of the concerns highlighted by the survey stemmed from a continuing staffing shortage at the Police department. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer,, "Despite summer protests, public satisfaction with New Orleans police grows, new survey finds," 14 Oct. 2020 Ellen Davis, a theologian at Duke University who has written a book on the agrarian roots of the Bible, has reflected at length on that passage. Robert Kunzig, National Geographic, "Let’s not waste this crucial moment: We need to stop abusing the planet," 13 Oct. 2020 Research by ecological economist Herman Daly and theologian John Cobb led to measures such as the Genuine Progress Indicator to assess economic, social, and environmental progress. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Capitalism without natural capital isn’t sustainable," 24 Sep. 2020 It was organized by the Poor People's Campaign, an anti-poverty movement led by Protestant minister the Rev. William Barber and theologian Liz Theoharis. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, "McConnell serenaded with car horns, bullhorns from upset voters in Kentucky, D.C.," 22 Sep. 2020 Tina Beattie, a British theologian and Catholic women's rights campaigner, also dismissed the Vatican's explanation as disingenuous. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "What's in a name? At the Vatican, a debate on inclusiveness," 16 Sep. 2020

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Theologian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of theologian

: a person who is an expert on theology

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