1st Edition

Rethinking Catholicism in Renaissance Spain

Edited By Xavier Tubau Copyright 2022
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    Rethinking Catholicism in Renaissance Spain claims that theology and canon law were decisive for shaping ideas, debates, and decisions about key political and religious problems in Renaissance Spain.

    This book studies Catholic thought during the Spanish Renaissance, with the various contributors specifically exploring the ecclesiology and heresiology of the period. Today, these two subjects are considered to be strictly branches of theology, but at the time, they were also dealt with in the field of canon law. Both ecclesiology, which studied the internal structure of the Church, and heresiology, which identified theological errors, played an important role in shaping ideas, debates, and decisions concerning the major political and religious problems of the late medieval and early modern periods. In contrast to the conventional monolithic view of Spanish Catholic thought on ecclesiastical matters, the chapters in this book demonstrate that there was a wide spectrum of ideas in the field of theology and canon law. The topics analyzed include Church and Crown relations, diplomatic controversies, doctrinal debates on slavery, ecclesiological disputes in dialogue with the Council of Trent, and theories for distinguishing heresies and repressing them.

    This book will be essential reading for those interested in disciplines such as Church history, political history, and the history of political and legal thought.


    Xavier Tubau

    Chapter 1: Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda’s Conciliarism in his Lost De potestate papae et concilii

    Ignacio García Pinilla

    Chapter 2: Theorizing in Trent: Alfonso de Castro, Anti-Heretical Theory, and the Politics of Reform

    Kimberly Lynn

    Chapter 3: Conflicting Loyalties: Church Freedom, Pastoral Care and Civil Duties in Diego de Álava y Esquivel

    Xavier Tubau

    Chapter 4: Conciliarism and Episcopalism in the Council of Trent. The Position of the Spanish Bishops

    Ignasi Fernández Terricabras

    Chapter 5: Heresy and the Language of Catholicism in Sixteenth Century Spain (1558-1560)

    María José Vega

    Chapter 6: Antonio de Córdoba on the Relationship between Council and Pope

    Thomas M. Izbicki

    Chapter 7: Christian Freedom and Natural Freedom: An Introduction to an Archeology of Catholic Controversies over Slavery

    Rafael Pérez García

    Chapter 8: Ecclesiastical Romanism and Spanish Universalism: Post-Tridentine Ecclesiology in Light of the Intra-Ecclesiastical Doctrinal Controversies

    Paolo Broggio


    Xavier Tubau is a tenured scientist at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid. He was previously tenured professor at Hamilton College. He holds a PhD in Spanish Philology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.