This article tries to examine some theological subjects contained in the De locis theologicis by Melchor Cano, one of the most important works on the theological methodology written after the Council of Trent. It wants to show how the method of Salamanca’s master – once interpreted over the «long times» of the early modern age – may be a source of inspiration and guidance today. A source of guidance because it is able to consider the unity of the theological discussion without sacrificing the individual expressions of the Christian tradition, because of the possibility of understanding tradition in a broad and historically acceptable sense and because of the value given to the idea of Church as a community of believers safeguarding the pre-eminence of the Scriptures and the apostles’ tradition. A source of inspiration because it helps re-understand some fundamental theological places, because it is able to focus proper attention to history as the «place of places» for theology, for tradition and for the Church, making it possible to preserve the requirements of unity with those of plurality and communion.

(Author: Fabrizio Mandreoli)

Summary ed.28 (II/2010)