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Erastianism Line breaks: Eras¦tian|ism
Pronunciation: /ɪˈrastɪəˌnɪz(ə)m/

Definition of Erastianism in English:


[mass noun]
The doctrine that the state should have supremacy over the Church in ecclesiastical matters (wrongly attributed to Erastus).
Example sentences
  • 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.


noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.
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