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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the followers of Thomas Erastus, a German physician and theologian of the 16th century. He held that the punishment of all offenses should be referred to the civil power, and that holy communion was open to all. In the present day, an Erastian is one who would see the church placed entirely under the control of the State.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to Thomas Erastus, a Swiss polemic (1524–83), author of a work on excommunication, in which he purposed to restrict the jurisdiction of the church.
  • n. One who maintains the doctrines held by or attributed to Erastus.

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