theologian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n theologian someone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Theologian A person well versed in theology; a professor of theology or divinity; a divine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • theologian Theological.
    • n theologian A man skilled in theology, especially Christian theology; a divine.
    • n theologian A professor of or writer on theology; any person versed in theology; as, the lawyer was a very respectable theologian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Theologian one well versed in theology: a divine, a professor of or writer on divinity, esp. in R.C. usage, a theological lecturer attached to a cathedral church—also Theolō′gus (-gus)
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Quotations

  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.”
  • Michael Monahan
    Michael Monahan
    “In making up the character of God, the old theologians failed to mention that He is of infinite cheerfulness. The omission has caused the world much tribulation.”
  • A. W. Tozer
    A.%20W.%20Tozer
    “The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.”
  • Daniel J. Boorstin
    Daniel%20J.%20Boorstin
    “We need not be theologians to see that we have shifted responsibility for making the world interesting from God to the newspaperman.”
  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    Arthur%20Schopenhauer
    “The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. théologien, L. theologus, Gr. . See Theology
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. theologiatheos, God, logos, a treatise.

Usage

In literature:

No one can for a moment analyze conscience without observing the immense disparity between the facts and the theologians' theory.
"Woman and Womanhood" by C. W. Saleeby
The theologians of the Pope, alone, had a right to be heard and obeyed!
"The Priest, The Woman And The Confessional" by Father Chiniquy
This was a theologian of a different type from his New England predecessors.
"A History of American Christianity" by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
That is, wherever there are gaps in scientific knowledge, the theologians insert their idea of God!
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
A good memory, not critical acumen, is the great desideratum in a Muslim theologian.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
The young theologian will seek this good old man.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
The theologians say I am their enemy.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
The mention of the triad takes us away from popular myth to the scholastic system as devised by the theologians.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Theologians, wanting vital faith in God, were content to balance the probabilities of his existence.
"Beginnings of the American People" by Carl Lotus Becker
Didymus again, the great Alexandrian theologian, was blind.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
But now a brotherhood of theologians took their place, not less zealous for the faith than disciplined in intellect.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
For a long time it was in great repute, especially with theologians and monks.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
He shall have been an Urban, say the astronomers; an Urban he ought to have been, say the theologians.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
The theologian knows that, and admits that he has no fear of facts.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
He was no fair weather theologian.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
It is generally recognized that the preacher is neither a moralizer nor a theologian.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
Hence arise questions which theologians rather evaded than attempted to answer.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
But are the theologians themselves able to make plain the difficulties which the sacred books present in every page?
"Letters to Eugenia" by Baron d'Holbach
Jesus was not a historian, a critic or a theologian.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
As a theologian it is difficult to class him.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
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In poetry:

And he:—O promising despair,
in solitude— —End there.
Your avenues are dying: leave me: I dove
under the oaken arms of Brother Martin,
St Simeon the Lesser Theologian,
Bodhidharma, and Baal Shem Tov.
"Dream Song 17: Muttered Henry:—Lord of matter, thus" by John Berryman

In news:

It's a question that's intrigued scientists and theologians -- and nearly everyone else who's ever walked the Earth.
A Norman church hosts a progressive theologian who champions a fresh interpretation of the Bible.
Theologian Harvey Cox spoke this afternoon at Birmingham-Southern College.
Both friends and strangers have challenged why a Catholic theologian like me would publicly support the re-election of President Barack Obama.
Theologian questions how ex-Mormon bishop's daughter casts church in book.
Wealthy churches need to remember the poor, SMU theologian says.
Theologian Joerg Rieger speaks at Canterbury United Methodist Church this weekend.
"The task of theology, classically defined as `faith seeking understanding,' calls for theologians to wrestle with mystery," she said.
USCCB helps boost theologian 's Amazon ranking.
The task of theology, classically defined as "faith seeking understanding," calls for theologians to wrestle with mystery.
The Novelist as Theologian .
But he's also a writer, poet and a theologian .
I don't think he'd be spending time with most of the theologians or the radio or TV evangelists.
I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians.
Presents a short introduction to Galileo 's life and achievements focusing on his conflicts with theologians but supporting the hypothesis that he was a zealot for, rather than against, the Catholic Church.
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In science:

Roger Bacon, a Franciscan theologian, describes emission of light and colours as a “multiplication of species”, which is in fact the title of one of his books, and an idea going back to Aristotle.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
In a modified form the Cosmological Argument can be found in the works of the Arabic theologian al-Ghazali in the eleventh century.
New remarks on the Cosmological Argument
The Kalam Cosmological Argument was first formulated by the m edieval Muslim theologian al-Ghazali (1058-1111).
New remarks on the Cosmological Argument
The hermeneutic circle is used for interpretive reasons and because it enables a conceptual–analytical research method. Philosophers and theologians in reviewing something that is not explicitly present commonly apply this approach.
The Japanese Smart Grid Initiatives, Investments, and Collaborations
However, it is logically impossible to alter the past and such a prayer is blasphemous according to orthodox Jewish theologians , because we are asking God to perform an impossible thing.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
The Italian philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas (AD 1225–AD 1274) argues in his “Summa Theologiae” (Part SS, Question 78) that paying interest for a loan together with returning the principal amount implies a double payment for the same thing.
Interest prohibition and financial product innovation
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