List of Famous Theologians

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List of famous theologians, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top theologians in the world? This includes the most prominent theologians, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable theologians is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic theologians were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned theologians.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including Martin Luther and Ian Bradley. Featuring German theologians, Christian theologians, Dutch theologians, modern theologians, great theologians, and more, 

From reputable, prominent, and well known theologians to the lesser known theologians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the theologian field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous theologians ever?" and "What are the names of famous theologians?" then you're in the right place. 
Pope Benedict XVI is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI served as pope of the Catholic Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following Pope John Paul II ...more
Albert Schweitzer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Albert Schweitzer, OM was a German—and later French—theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary in Africa, also known for his historical work on Jesus. He was born in ...more
Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Martin Luther was a German friar, priest and professor of theology who was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Initially an Augustinian friar, Luther came to reject several teachings ...more
John Calvin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Theologians
John Calvin was an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called ...more
John Wesley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Theologians
John Wesley was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as ...more
Desiderius Erasmus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian. Erasmus was a ...more
Søren Kierkegaard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote ...more
Avery Cardinal Dulles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Avery Robert Dulles, S.J. was a Jesuit priest, theologian, cardinal of the Catholic Church and served as the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University from ...more
Dietrich Bonhoeffer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity's role in the secular world have ...more
Reinhold Niebuhr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr was an American theologian, ethicist, public intellectual, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor at Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 ...more
Ian Bradley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Ian Campbell Bradley is a British academic, author, theologian, Church of Scotland minister, journalist and broadcaster. At the University of St Andrews, he is Reader in Practical Theology and ...more
Mary Daly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Mary Daly was an American radical feminist philosopher, academic, and theologian. Daly, who described herself as a "radical lesbian feminist", taught at Jesuit-run Boston College for ...more
Nasir al-Din Tusi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Khawaja Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Hasan Tūsī, better known as Nasīr al-Dīn Tūsī, was a Persian polymath and prolific writer: An architect, astronomer, biologist, chemist, mathematician, ...more
Pierre Abélard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Peter Abelard was a medieval French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician. He was also a composer. His affair with and love for Héloïse d'Argenteuil has become ...more
Mercy Oduyoye is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Mercy Oduyoye
Mercy Amba Oduyoye is a Methodist theologian known for her work in African women's theology. She is currently the director of the Institute of African Women in Religion and Culture at Trinity ...more
Elizabeth A. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Elizabeth A. Johnson
Elizabeth A. Johnson is a Christian feminist theologian. She is a Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, a Jesuit institution in New York City. She is a member of the Sisters ...more
Johan Heyns is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Johan Adam Heyns, was an influential Afrikaner Calvinist theologian and moderator of the general synod of the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk in South Africa. He was assassinated at his home in ...more
Karl Barth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Karl Barth was a Swiss Reformed theologian who is often regarded as the greatest Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. His influence expanded well beyond the academic realm to ...more
Karl Jaspers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Karl Theodor Jaspers was a German psychiatrist and philosopher who had a strong influence on modern theology, psychiatry and philosophy. After being trained in and practicing psychiatry, Jaspers ...more
Alister McGrath is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Alister Edgar McGrath is a Northern Irish theologian, priest, intellectual historian, scientist, and Christian apologist. He currently holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and ...more
Paul Tillich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Paul Johannes Tillich was a German American Christian existentialist philosopher and theologian who is widely regarded as one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century. Among ...more
Jonathan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Jonathan Edwards was a Protestant preacher, philosopher, and theologian. Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one ...more
Mohammad Khatami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Seyyed Mohammad Khatami is an Iranian scholar, Shia theologian, and Reformist politician. He served as the fifth President of Iran from 2 August 1997 to 3 August 2005. He also served as Iran's ...more
Michael Servetus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Michael Servetus, also known as Miguel Servet, Miguel Serveto, Revés, or Michel de Villeneuve, was a Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer, and Renaissance humanist. He was the ...more
Leonardo Boff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Theologians
Leonardo Boff is a Brazilian theologian and writer, known for his active support for the rights of the poor and excluded. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus of Ethics, Philosophy of ...more