controvertist

controvertist

(ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːtɪst)
n
a controversialist
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The controvertists, answered my father, assign two and twenty different reasons for [circumcision]:--others indeed, who have drawn their pens on the opposite side of the question, have shewn the world the futility of the greatest part of them.--But then again, our best polemic divines--I wish there was not a polemic divine, said Yorick, in the kingdom;--one ounce of practical divinity--is worth a painted ship load of all their reverences have imported these fifty years.
The interpretive warfare of controvertists can indeed be played out as interminably as Gymnast and Tripet's acrobatics, but in the meantime the battling churchmen neglect their moral duties to their flocks.