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Theological Methodology - Loci Theologici
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Part of Theological Methodology:

1. Principles

2. Loci Theologici

1. The name loci theologici is given, on the analogy of Aristotle’s Topics, to the most general headings or viewpoints in theological epistemology and methodology. Aristotle’s Topics are concerned with the basis of dialectical as opposed to scientific proof; this basis is found in generally recognized maxims which later were called loci communes. According to A. Gardeil, these τόποι re-appear in the Spaniard Melchior Cano O.P. (1509–1560), the classic author on theological proof, as loci based not on objective i…

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Eberhard Haible, “Theological Methodology - Loci Theologici”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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