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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

Wiktionary

  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.

Wikipedia

  1. theologian

    Theology is the systematic study of the nature of the divine and, more broadly, of religious belief. It is taught as an academic discipline, typically in universities and seminaries. It occupies itself with the unique content of analyzing the supernatural, but also deals with religious epistemology, asks and seeks to answer the question of revelation. Revelation pertains to the acceptance of God, gods, or deities, as not only transcendent or above the natural world, but also willing and able to interact with the natural world and, in particular, to reveal themselves to humankind. While theology has turned into a secular field, religious adherents still consider theology to be a discipline that helps them live and understand concepts such as life and love and that helps them lead lives of obedience to the deities they follow or worship. Theologians use various forms of analysis and argument (experiential, philosophical, ethnographic, historical, and others) to help understand, explain, test, critique, defend or promote any myriad of religious topics. As in philosophy of ethics and case law, arguments often assume the existence of previously resolved questions, and develop by making analogies from them to draw new inferences in new situations. The study of theology may help a theologian more deeply understand their own religious tradition, another religious tradition, or it may enable them to explore the nature of divinity without reference to any specific tradition. Theology may be used to propagate, reform, or justify a religious tradition; or it may be used to compare, challenge (e.g. biblical criticism), or oppose (e.g. irreligion) a religious tradition or worldview. Theology might also help a theologian address some present situation or need through a religious tradition, or to explore possible ways of interpreting the world.

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  1. theologian

    A theologian is an individual who engages in the study of various aspects of God, religious faith, practice, and experience. This study usually involves the analysis and interpretation of religious texts, the nature of divinity, and the examination of religious behavior, experience, and beliefs. Theologians often study specific religions and their influence on society and culture. They could be scholars, religious leaders, philosophers, or teachers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Theologiannoun

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

Wikidata

  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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