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Empire of Souls: Robert Bellarmine and the Christian Commonwealth

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Robert Bellarmine was one of the most celebrated figures in post-Reformation Catholicism. One of the most original theologians and political theorists of his time, he participated directly in many of the political conflicts that agitated Europe between the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth century. His most influential work concerned the role of the papacy. Although some have criticized Bellarmine's position as weak or inconsistent, Stefania Tutino defends it as a highly effective and original argument against an increasingly secularized understanding of political authority. She argues that Bellarmine provided the Catholic Church with new theoretical tools to respond to the progressive strengthening of the authority of early modern monarchies, by reaffirming its transnational absolute domination. Tutino's approach to Bellarmine and his influence moves beyond earlier scholarship concerned with the internal dynamics of the Catholic Church and instead examines the interplay between ecclesiastical, religious, intellectual, and political history. Her book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the role of theological arguments in early modern political thought and the role of the Catholic Church in the political history of early modern Europe.

About the Author

Associate Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

Table of Contents

The foundations of Bellarmine's Potestas indirecta — The controversies over the Controversiae : 1580s-1590s — The controversy over the Interdetto and the attacks against Bellarmine's theory — Bellarmine and the oath of allegiance — Robert Bellarmine and the Potestas indirecta : continental repercussions — The making of a scapegoat : the case of Martin Becanus — Robert Bellarmine and the Catholic Church : questions of power and authority.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199780587
Subtitle:
Robert Bellarmine and the Christian Commonwealth
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Tutino, Stefania
Subject:
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Publication Date:
20101021
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
404

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History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
Religion » Christianity » Church History » General
Religion » Christianity » Pastoral Ministry and Church Leadership
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues
Religion » Western Religions » Theology

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