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Erastianism

[ ih-ras-chuh-niz-uhm, -tee-uh-niz- ]

noun

  1. the doctrine, advocated by Thomas Erastus, of the supremacy of the state over the church in ecclesiastical matters.


Erastianism

/ ɪˈræstɪəˌnɪzəm /

noun

  1. the theory that the state should have authority over the church in ecclesiastical matters


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Derived Forms

  • Eˈrastian, nounadjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Erastianism1

First recorded in 1675–85; Erastian + -ism

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Erastianism1

C17: named after Thomas Erastus (1524–83), Swiss theologian to whom such views were attributed

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Example Sentences

What is known as “Erastianism” would be better connected with the name of Grotius.

In the sixteenth century there was a vast renaissance of this latter system in a new dress called Erastianism.

Under its lordly bewitchery, Erastianism prevails in the Established Churches of the kingdom.

This extreme Erastianism had its roots in Indian as well as Chinese ideas.

Erastianism is so called from Erastus, a German heretic of the sixteenth century.

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