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  • proper n. The principles of the Erastians.


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Erastian +‎ -ism


  • In 1659 he published A Treatise of Civil Power, attacking the concept of a state-dominated church the position known as Erastianism, as well as Considerations touching the likeliest means to remove hirelings, denouncing corrupt practises in church governance.


  • It is true that all the innovators would have recoiled from bald Erastianism, which is not found in the theses of Thomas Erastus, [Sidenote: Erastus, 1524-83] but in the free-thinker Thomas Hobbes.

    The Age of the Reformation

  • This is called Erastianism, and is the bugbear of High Churchmen.

    The Life of Froude

  • The great point at the time with these good men in London, -- some of them men of the highest principle, and far from influenced by what we used to call Erastianism, -- was to put down the Tracts.

    Apologia pro Vita Sua

  • The name "Erastianism" is often used in a somewhat loose sense as denoting an undue subservience of the Church to the State.

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

  • Professor Hume Brown, however, justly remarks that what the Kirk, immediately after Knox's death, called "Erastianism"

    John Knox and the Reformation

  • Mary Ann Sieghart's extraordinary suggestion that the church 'must eventually reflect the society within which it works' is a recipe for a blatant Erastianism, against which the Archbishop has resolutely set his face.

    Press reports on the Archbishop's correspondence

  • He is my prisoner, made by my sword and spear, while you, Mr Morton, were playing the adjutant at drills and parades, and you, Mr Poundtext, were warping the Scriptures into Erastianism.

    Old Mortality

  • Didna ye hear him say, that Erastianism was as bad as Prelacy, and that the Indulgence was as bad as

    Old Mortality

  • Erastianism, or subjection of the church of God to the regulations of an earthly government, and therefore but one degree better than prelacy or popery. —

    Old Mortality


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