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  • n. A follower of Thomas Erastus (1524–1583), Swiss physician and theologian, who held that the punishment of all offences should be referred to the civil power, and that holy communion was open to all.


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  • On the general questions of the relation between Church and State, it must be admitted that the opinions popularly denoted by the word Erastian have unmistakable influence on the Established Church of England, though there has always been a party resisting the encroachments of civil power.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • Such is the doctrine often called Erastian, from Erastus, a Swiss theologian (1524-83), who denied to the clergy all power of excommunication.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • 39 Beza wanted nothing to do with this "Erastian" form of government.

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  • Although his views on church polity were presbyterian, he became known in the 1640s as an Erastian, arguing for overall state control of religious matters.

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  • And latterly, those agreeing in this general doctrine, and assuming the sounding title of “The anti-Popish, anti-Prelatic, anti-Erastian, anti-Sectarian, true Presbyterian remnant,” were divided into many petty sects among themselves, even as to the extent of submission to the existing laws and rulers, which constituted such an acknowledgment as amounted to sin.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Government exacted from the established clergymen, in which they acknowledge an Erastian king and parliament, and homologate the incorporating Union between England and Scotland, through which the latter kingdom had become part and portion of the former, wherein

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Ought Reuben Butler in conscience to accept of this preferment in the Kirk of Scotland, subject as David at present thought that establishment was to the Erastian encroachments of the civil power?

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • The same discords which agitated the counsels of the insurgents, raged even among their meanest followers; and their picquets and patrols were more interested and occupied in disputing the true occasion and causes of wrath, and defining the limits of Erastian heresy, than in looking out for and observing the motions of their enemies, though within hearing of the royal drums and trumpets.

    Old Mortality

  • Erastian, and all, and more than all, that has been said of him must needs be verity.

    Old Mortality

  • He became a professor because he was deprived of these lands of Tillietudlem; he turned a papist to obtain possession of them; he called himself an Erastian, that he might not again lose them; and he will become what I list while I have in my power the document that may deprive him of them.

    Old Mortality


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