The doctrine that the state should have supremacy over the Church in ecclesiastical matters (wrongly attributed to Erastus).
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- Maurice did not regard himself as Broad Church, and his socialism seems at odds with Arnold's Erastianism.
- The doctrine ever since known as Erastianism still lives on in the Church of England, as least so far as episcopal appointments are concerned.
- No Jacobite before 1716, he was driven to Jacobite intrigue by one-party tyranny and Whig Erastianism.
Erastian noun& adjective
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- However, this Erastian principle flows from sincere and primary and pre-constructed doctrine.
- A Presbyterian, and later an Erastian in his views on Church government, in this poem Prynne's thought seems to point towards Robert Browne's early anticlericalism.
- Though, as an Erastian institution, the Church of England dates only from the 16th cent., Christianity in these islands originated with merchants, administrators, and soldiers in 2nd and 3rd-cent.
Definition of Erastianism in:
- The US English dictionary