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Doctor of Divinity (D.D., Divinitatis Doctor in Latin) is an academic degree. Historically, it identified one who had been licensed by a university to teach Christian theology or related religious subjects. Latin is the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... This article is about academic degrees. ... A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees. ... Christianity is the worlds largest religion. ... Theology is literally reasonable discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, word or reason). By extension, it also refers to the study of other religious topics. ... Religion—sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief system—is commonly defined as belief concerning the supernatural, sacred, or divine, and the moral codes, practices, values, and institutions associated with such belief. ...


In the United Kingdom, D.D. has traditionally been the highest doctorate granted by universities, usually conferred upon a religious scholar of standing and distinction. In descending order of seniority, the D.D. degree is followed by LL.D. (or D.C.L.) for law, Litt.D (or D.Litt.) for letters, and Sc.D (or D.Sc.) for science. The high status of the D.D. qualification in British universities owed to their traditional affiliation with the Christian church and to their original mission of training clergymen. As universities became increasingly secular in the 20th century, the D.D. degree lost much of its preeminence. Legum Doctor (English: Doctor of Laws; abbreviated to LL.D.) In the UK and Canada the LL.D. is a doctorate usually awarded on the basis of exceptionally insightful and distinctive publications, containing significant and original contributions to the science or study of law. ... Sc. ... Sc. ... This article concerns secularity, that is, being secular, in various senses. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the...


Today, a D.D. degree is usually granted as an honorary doctorate upon a distinguished individual whose work has been connected with religion. In most English-speaking universities, a graduate student who has completed a doctoral course of study and research in religion will usually receive a Ph.D. or a Th.D, rather than a D.D. An Honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum) is a degree awarded to someone by an institution that he or she may have never attended, it may be a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree - however, the latter is most common. ... A graduate student (also, grad student or grad in American English, postgraduate (student) or postgrad in British English) is an individual who has completed a bachelors degree (B.A., B.S./B.Sc. ... Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. ... Doctor of Theology (in Latin Theologiae Doctor) is an academic degree. ...


A well-known piece of humorous doggerel runs Doggerel describes verse considered of little literary value. ...

A young theologian named Fiddle
refused to accept his degree
"It's bad enough being named Fiddle,
Without being Fiddle, D.D."

In an other instance of D.D. being used in literature for humorous purposes, Kurt Vonnegut's novel Mother Night features the character of a deranged neo-Nazi dentist, the Rev. Dr. Lionel Jones, D.D.S., D.D. Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut, Junior (born November 11, 1922) is an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. ... Mother Night is a novel first published in 1961 and written by the American author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ... The terms Neo-Nazism and Neo-Fascism refer to any social or political movement to revive Nazism or Fascism, respectively, and postdates the Second World War. ... X-rays can reveal if a person has cavities Dentistry is the practical application of knowledge of dental science (the science of placement, arrangement, function of teeth) to human beings. ... The DDS suffix denotes one of two common doctorates in the United States for dentists, the other being Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). ...


 
 

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