What is a theologian? History of religion

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Pope Gregory the Great writing, from the 900s AD. Ivory, probably from Kenya. (Now in Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum)

Pope Gregory the Great writing, from the 900s AD. Ivory, probably from Kenya.
(Now in Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum)

A theologian (thee-oh-LOW-gin) is a person who studies religion. The word comes from the Greek word for god “theos” and the Greek word for writing “logos”. So a theologian is someone who writes about God. Usually when people say “theologian” they mean a Christian theologian.

For example, Montanus, TertullianAugustineGregoryAbelard, Heloise, and Thomas Aquinas were Christian theologians. But Jewish thinkers like Maimonides and Rashi were also theologians. So were Islamic thinkers like al Ghazali and Ibn Rushd.

Learn by doing: Be a theologian. Write your own essay about God

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Cite this page: Carr, K.E. What is a theologian? History of religion. Quatr.us Study Guides, August 25, 2017. Web. November 17, 2017.

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Karen Carr
Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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