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Martin Becanus

Martin Becanus

Belgian Jesuit priest
Martin Becanus
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Intro Belgian Jesuit priest
Was Religious scholar Theologian Educator
From Netherlands
Type Academia Religion
Gender male
Birth 6 January 1563, Hilvarenbeek, North Brabant, Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands
Death 24 January 1624, Vienna, Austria (aged 61 years)
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Martinus Becanus (6 January 1563 – 24 January 1624) was a Flemish Jesuit priest, known as a theologian and controversialist.


He was born in Hilvarenbeek in the Southern Netherlands; his original surname was Schellekens. He entered the Society of Jesus on 22 March 1583, and taught Theology for twenty-two years at Würzburg, Mainz, and Vienna.

He died in Vienna, where he was the confessor to the Emperor Ferdinand II.


A first class controversialist and prolific writer Becanus is the author of some 37 books, most of them works of polemics.

  • He developed the art of controversy and taught it in his book : Manuale controversiarumn huius temporis published in Wurzburg (1623), that went into more than 20 editions.
  • Another book had much success: Analogia veteris et novi Testamenti.
  • He supported Cardinal Bellarmine in the major allegiance oath controversy with James I of England, publishing six books in the period 1610 to 1613, one against William Tooker and another being directed at Lancelot Andrewes. At the time he was based in Mainz; he was brought into the front line of the discussion of Bellarmine's Apologia by Attileo Amalteo, the nuncio at Cologne.

Among numerous other works was his Summa Theologiae Scholasticae.

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