Sunday, 14 February 2010

Sex, love and theologians: a Valentine's Day quiz

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, here’s a little theological quiz. (Some of this is re-posted from four years ago, though I've also added some new questions.)

1. Which famous hymn-writer had an affair with his neighbour after spying on her while she took a shower?

2. Which theologian, on his own wedding night, provided lodging for a refugee?

3. Which woman made a habit of heckling her famous husband during his sermons?

4. Which 19th-century theologian was, throughout most of his career, a fulltime carer for his disabled wife?

5. A medieval theologian had a passionate affair with his young student, and her pregnancy caused a great scandal. What were the names of these unfortunate lovers?

6. Which Protestant theologian spoke frankly about his multitudinous affairs with students and others?

7. Which prominent ecclesiastical figure developed a reputation as a wife-killer?

8. Which Christian activist was abandoned by her atheist lover for having their child baptised?

9. Which contemporary theologian has described his wife as "the mother of my theology"?

10. Which person, upon converting to Christianity, abandoned the mistress who had lived with him for 14 years?

11. Which Christian writer entered into a marriage of convenience with an American woman to help her gain British citizenship?

12. Which theologian said: “The religious and the sexual are closely related"?

13. Which Christian writer provided a theological defence of polygamy?


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