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Empire of SoulsRobert Bellarmine and the Christian Commonwealth$
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Stefania Tutino

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740536.001.0001

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The Foundations of Bellarmine’s Potestas Indirecta

The Foundations of Bellarmine’s Potestas Indirecta

(p.9) 1 The Foundations of Bellarmine’s Potestas Indirecta
Empire of Souls

Stefania Tutino

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an overview of the main tenets of Bellarmine’s political theory, which was elaborated mainly in Bellarmine’s major work, the Disputationes de controversiis Christianae Fidei, better known as Controversiae. The chapter starts with discussion of the genre of religious controversies in post-Reformation Europe, and it highlights the extent to which Bellarmine’s Controversiae offered a new model of theological controversies with respect to the Catholic tradition. This chapter also explains the theological, ecclesiological, and political implications of Bellarmine’s potestas indirecta, and it presents a comprehensive interpretation of Bellarmine’s theory as a new and controversial attempt to rethink the political and theological foundation of the Christian commonwealth.

Keywords:   Controversiae, political theory, ecclesiology, theology, post-Reformation controversies

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