Can you name 50 Great Theologians?

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  1. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    My friend has asked me if I could name 50 theologians. He said I could go about this by any means. So I ask you. Now I could come up with 50, but I'd like it to be the best 50 or the best that I or you can think of.

    So who would you name? Who would you put on this list. TOP 50 Theologians of all time (not including those in Scripture).
  2. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    In no particular order:

    1. Augustine
    2. Jonathan Edwards
    3. John Owen
    4. John Murray
    5. John Calvin
    6. Francis Turretin
    7. Herman Bavinck
    8. Wilhemus A'Brakel
    9. William Ames
    10. Thomas Aquinas
    11. B.B. Warfield

    Now if 4 others participate, you're done.
  3. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    Thanks Josh, that was exactly what I wasn't looking for. HA!
  4. historyb

    historyb Puritan Board Junior

    Was Spurgeon a theologian?
  5. Prufrock

    Prufrock Arbitrary Moderation

    Luther, Melanchthon, Bucer, Oecolampadius, Zwingli, Bullinger, Musculus, Calvin, Vermigli, Ursinus, Olevianus, Beza, Zanchi, Chemnitz, Bucanus, Junius, Keckermann, Perkins, Polanus, Cartwright, Jewell, Knox, Hyperius, Viret, Pareaus, Piscator, Rivet, Aretius, Daneau, Trelcatius, Capito, Ames, Sibbes, Gomarus, Davenant, Ussher, Lightfoot, Ainsworth, Manton, Rutherford, Durham, Roberts, Ball, Twisse, Blake, Burgess, Witsius, Turretin, Cocceius, Voetius, Wollebius, Comrie, de Moor, Van Mastricht, a Brakel, Vanderkamp, Heiddegger, Leigh, My Neighbor Tim.

    That's probably around 50. I just started typing the first names that came to me; there are probably better ones.

    Whoops, I undermined Pastor Greco's good plan.
    Last edited: May 26, 2009
  6. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    who are the weird named one's? never heard of them.
  7. Presbyterian Deacon

    Presbyterian Deacon Puritan Board Graduate

    The guys you should have learned about in Church History class. :lol:

    All except for Tim. I don't know him either. :graduate:
  8. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    In somewhat historical order (with some notable exceptions)

    Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Cyprian, Athanasius, Basil, Jerome, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, a'Kempis, Luther, Zwingli, Bucer, Melanchthon, Bullinger, Calvin, Ursinus, Olevianus, Chemitz, Perkins, Baxter, Arminius, Ames, Flavel, Sibbes, Gomarus, Ussher, Manton, Owen, Turretin, Witsius, Wollebius, Edwards, Wesley, Gill, Whitefield, Alexander, Clarke, Dabney, Dagg, A.A. Hodge, Charles Hodge, Shedd, Kierkegaard, Schaff, Schleiermacher, Warfield, Harnack, Barth, Vos, Bavinck, Kuyper, Berkhof, Brunner, Machen, Van Til, Clark, Henry, Niebuhr, Pannenberg, Berkouwer

    Not included are some of my own favs: Spurgeon, Sproul, Packer, Bunyan, etc.
  9. PresbyDane

    PresbyDane Puritanboard Doctor

    Schleiermacher, really :confused:

    and I am not crazy about Kierkegaard either, eventhough he was danish.
  10. steven-nemes

    steven-nemes Puritan Board Sophomore

    I want to find a truth that is true for me, Martin!!
  11. sastark

    sastark Puritan Board Graduate

    I'll bite (in no particular order):

    12. Matthew Henry
    13. Martin Luther
    14. J. Gresham Machen
    15. Cornelius Van Til
    16. Greg Bahnsen
    17. Jeremiah Burroughs
    18. Basil of Caesarea (aka 'Basil the Great')
    19. R. L. Dabney
    20. Thomas Watson
    21. Cotton Mather
    22. John Knox
  12. Rich Koster

    Rich Koster Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Hagin,Copeland,Hinn,Meyer,Osteen....:oops: wrong list
  13. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    Not my list of people I agree with (especially not Origen, Jerome, Melanchthon, Chemitz, Wesley, Clarke, Kierkegaard, Schleiermacher, Barth, Brunner, Niebuhr, and Pannenberg!). I thought we were supposed to go for the "big guns."
  14. Puritan Sailor

    Puritan Sailor Puritan Board Doctor

    Ireneaus, Tertullian, Athanasius, Gregory Nazianzus, Basil, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Wycliffe, Hus, Luther, Zwingli, Bucer, Calvin, Knox, Cranmer, Ridley, Latimer, Ursinus, Olevianus, Beza, Turretin, Perkins, Ames, Sibbes, William Guthrie, Charnock, Rutherford, Manton, A'Brakel, Witsius, John Owen, John Bunyan, Matthew Henry, Thomas Boston, Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Chalmers, Charles Hodge, Thornwell, Dabney, AA Hodge, Spurgeon, Ryle, Warfield, Vos, Machen, Kuyper, Van Til, John Murray, Berkhof...
    I think that's 50...
  15. Jesus is my friend

    Jesus is my friend Puritan Board Junior

  16. janimar

    janimar Puritan Board Freshman

    Continuing the list with some whose works I have read and enjoy

    23. Francis Schaeffer
    24. John Frame
    25. Abraham Kuyper
    26. Herman Dooyeweerd
    27.D. H. Th. Vollenhoven
    28. Zacharias Ursinus
    29. James Thornwell
    30. Al Wolters
    31. Al Plantinga
    32. Nicholas Wolterstorff

    Some of these are Reformed from a Dutch perspective. I didn't see them in the other numbered list and each of these has had an impact on my theology.
  17. Rogerant

    Rogerant Puritan Board Freshman

    Pink and Horton don't make the list?
  18. Jimmy the Greek

    Jimmy the Greek Puritan Board Senior

    You ought to be able to get 50 from the above. I question the value of the whole exercise. That's why I liked Josh's answer.
  19. tgoerz

    tgoerz Puritan Board Freshman

    If you have to ask, perhaps you should do a little homework. =)
  20. Wannabee

    Wannabee Obi Wan Kenobi

    This is interesting. How about defining what a "great theologian" is. Case in point:

    A famous preacher and his wife were running a little behind to an engagement he had. While sitting at a traffic light they were rear ended. He was clearly upset and wrestling with anger and the realization that he was going to be late for his engagement. She quietly bowed her head and prayed, thanking God for what He was doing and acknowledging that it must be for their good, even if they couldn't see it.

    Who was the great theologian?

    The greatest theologians are most likely like the greatest preachers - they're out in the jungle somewhere and can't take the time to write down their theology because they're too busy ministering to souls and perhaps dodging martyrdom.

    The greatest theologians have no names. Their names do not matter. The God they serve and the people they minister Christ to is what makes them great. Lives changed by the power of the Holy Spirit through the faithful proclamation of Scripture are the testimony of their greatness. Mothers who train their children in the ways of God and pray day in and day out for the godliness of their children and for God to raise up godly spouses for them are the greatest theologians. The little girl who refuses to renounce Christ as her parents are butchered before her eyes is a great theologian. The list goes on and is innumerable - and their names are not in books that we read, but it that Great Book that only God knows. In God's economy greatness isn't in didactic prowess, but in a heart that is fully His. We will be amazed as the greatest in heaven will be those we knew not. Remember the widow's mites. Her offering was not the greatest because of it's size, but because of what she had to offer... If we would be great we must offer all...

  21. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    No Rushdoony?
  22. bug

    bug Puritan Board Freshman

    The Lord Jesus Christ

    I'm sorry, I can't miss them out, they should top any list :)

    After that, well there are already many on the list, one I didn't see was Nehemiah Coxe
  23. puritanpilgrim

    puritanpilgrim Puritan Board Junior

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