The Foundations of Bellarmine’s <i>Potestas Indirecta</i>

Stefania Tutino

in Empire of Souls

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199740536
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894765 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

The Foundations of Bellarmine’s Potestas Indirecta

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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

Chapter.  18791 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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