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  • n. Plural form of Erastian.


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  • The Erastians were the most vocal party in arguing that polity was not fixed by divine law, while the other groups were more likely to believe that their positions were dictated by the Scriptures.

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  • The Regalistas were, without knowing it, a kind of Erastians, who claimed the appointment to ecclesiastical benefices as an inalienable right of the civil power.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • Tertullian’s (1360) words which he citeth, _Praesident probati seniores_, I know very well where to find; and I know also, that if there be a passage in all antiquity against the Erastians, that is one.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • King of Israel sought the land of the Philistines; I arranged with him a rising; and but for the villain Evandale, the Erastians ere now had been driven from the West. —

    Old Mortality

  • “I tell thee,” answered Balfour, “thy zeal is too rigid in this matter; we cannot yet do without the help of the Laodiceans and the Erastians; we must endure for a space the indulged in the midst of the council — the sons of Zeruiah are yet too strong for us.”

    Old Mortality

  • Lord Hugh had already held the House of Commons rivetted in pin-drop silence for more than an hour whilehe discoursed on the government of an established church and the differences between Erastians and High Churchmen.


  • Even more notable are the utterances of George Gillespie, when vindicating against the Erastians of the south that more free government of the church by its own courts from which they feared so many evils.

    The Scottish Reformation Its Epochs, Episodes, Leaders, and Distinctive Characteristics

  • Erastians to a man; that is forgiven to them; but the ecclesiastic who adopts and preaches without reservation the theory that the Church -- its organisation, its administration, even its doctrines -- is ultimately subject to the secular sovereign, essentially and not owing to the accidental sanction of force -- such a one is inevitably regarded as a traitor to his order; that he was guided by honest conviction seems incredible.

    England under the Tudors

  • _ If the former be convincingly affirmed, the fancy of the _Erastians_ and _semi-Erastians_ of these things will vanish, that deny all government to the Church distinct from that of the civil magistrate.

    The Divine Right of Church Government by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London

  • Thus we see, that Jesus Christ our Mediator did not commit any proper formal ecclesiastical power for church government to the political magistrate, as such, as the Erastians conceive.

    The Divine Right of Church Government by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London


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