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ˌθi əˈloʊ dʒən, -dʒi ənthe·olo·gian

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. theologian, theologist, theologizer, theologisernoun

    someone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology


  1. theologiannoun

    One who studies theology.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Theologiannoun

    A divine; a professor of divinity.

    Etymology: theologien, Fr. theologus, Latin.

    Some theologians defile places erected only for religion by defending oppressions. John Hayward.

    They to their viands fell: nor seemingly
    The angel, nor in mist, the common gloss
    Of theologians, but with keen dispatch
    Of real hunger. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. v.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Theologiannoun

    a person well versed in theology; a professor of theology or divinity; a divine


  1. Theologian

    Theologians use various forms of analysis and argument (philosophical, ethnographic, historical, spiritual and others) to help understand, explain, test, critique, defend or promote any of myriad religious topics. Theology might be undertaken to help the theologian * understand more truly his or her own religious tradition, * understand more truly another religious tradition, * make comparisons between religious traditions, * defend or justify a religious tradition, * facilitate reform of a particular tradition, * assist in the propagation of a religious tradition, or * draw on the resources of a tradition to address some present situation or need. * explore the nature of divinity without reference to tradition. Overzee (1992: p. 4) in passing provides a salient gloss upon the view of Ricœur (1913–2005) as to the role of 'theologian': "Paul Ricœur speaks of the theologian as a hermeneut, whose task is to interpret the multivalent, rich metaphors arising from the symbolic bases of tradition so that the symbols may 'speak' once again to our existential situation."

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of theologian in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of theologian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of theologian in a Sentence

  1. Bhagavad Gita:

    As a man can drink water from any side of a full tank, so the skilled theologian can wrest from any scripture that which will serve his purpose.

  2. George Santayana:

    The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise.

  3. James Cone:

    White theologians didn't say anything about lynching, i tried to find a white theologian who addressed it in a sustained way. No one did it.

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