I don’t know how many things I’ve posted or seen elsewhere asking people who they think the “greatest” theologian is, was, or will be. There are all manner of ways of evaluating theologians, classifying them according to different measures of greatness, importance, or influence.
Perhaps some of this begs an important question though: What exactly is theological greatness? What is the proper theological definition of what being a true theologian of the Christian church means? I would suggest that we need a properly theological definition of what being a great theologian might mean if we are to make any helpful or accurate judgments about which of the theologians and doctors of our faith are most worth celebrating and engaging.
I have my own ideas, but first I want people to weigh in: What is theological greatness? What is the theological meaning of being a theologian?