[ih-ras-chuh-niz-uh m, -tee-uh-niz-]
- the doctrine, advocated by Thomas Erastus, of the supremacy of the state over the church in ecclesiastical matters.
Origin of Erastianism
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Nor did he fail to point out the suicidal nature of Erastianism.Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham
Harold J. Laski
Obviously, if this is 'Erastianism,' it is of an unusual kind.Historical Mysteries
When the question was put to him, "Is it our duty to refuse ordination to any one who holds the views of Erastianism?"The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne
Andrew A. Bonar
Erastianism is so called from Erastus, a German heretic of the sixteenth century.
Erastianism, the right of the State to override and overrule the decisions of the Church that happen to involve civil penalties.The Nuttall Encyclopaedia
Edited by Rev. James Wood
- the theory that the state should have authority over the church in ecclesiastical matters
C17: named after Thomas Erastus (1524–83), Swiss theologian to whom such views were attributed