Abstract Hogenmüller (41/2017)

The opus magnum of the Spanish theologian Melchior Cano (1506/9-1560), De locis theologicis, probably represents the first modern writing of fundamental theology. Its intention was to present to the theologian a rich fund of ‘places’ (loci), from which he could extract arguments in order to win any discussion against pagans and heretics. Even today it is sometimes asserted that this extensive treatise represents the theoretical guide for the inquisitorial practice of the 16th century. The fact that Melchior Cano himself attracted the attention of the Inquisition and was only able to escape by using some tactical skills – namely the dedication of his masterpiece to the Grand Inquisitor Juan Valdés y Salas –, is a rarely noticed aspect, though, that gave rise to the following study.