Christians are playing “words with theologians” today, offering their own takes on theologian (and church leader) names with the hashtag #AddAWordRuinATheologian. Last year, RNS blogger Rachel Marie Stone got #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook to start trending.

This time around, here are my current favorites with the actual names and descriptions underneath. Add your own to the comments section:

N.T. Wright, retired Anglican bishop

J.I. Packer, professor of systematic and historical theology at Regent College

George Whitfield, 18th century English Anglican preacher 

Augustine of Hippo, 5th century theologian and philosopher

A.W. Tozer, 20th century pastor and author

Charles Hodge, 19th century principal of Princeton Theological Seminary

Karl Barth, 20th century Reformed theologian

Wayne Grudem, evangelical theologian at Phoenix Seminary

Pope Benedict (any of them?)

Kevin Van Hoozer, professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Polycarp, a 2nd-century Christian bishop of Smyrna

John Wesley, 18th century Anglican cleric and Christian theologian

Jonathan Edwards, 18th century theologian

St. John of the Cross, 16th century Catholic saint

Dorothy Day, 20th century Catholic author

Categories: Beliefs

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.


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