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n.1.(Eccl. Hist.) 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.
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John Jewel and the English National Church: The Dilemma of an Erastian Reformer.
Schaffer, Erastian and Sectarian Arguments in Religiously Affiliated American Law Schools, 45 Stan.
Coupled with his strongly Erastian understanding of the relationship between spiritual and temporal authority, this understanding of matters indifferent allowed him to prosper in spite of his predestinarian views (238).
Cathleen Kaveny, Erastian and High Church Approaches to the Law: The Jurisprudential Categories of Robert E.
The younger John Locke shared similar views with Thomas Hobbes on an Erastian arrangement, wherein religion is subservient to the state for the sake of civil peace and order.
As a committed Evangelical who was deeply engaged in the works of the erastian [sic] Ecclesiastical Commission, the High Church and Anglo-Catholics treated him with suspicion.
53) Just as this insight can be used by religious parties to pursue their policies or spread their beliefs, it also underlies his own recommendation for an Erastian project in which a sovereign will establish its authority over religious factions.
religion, stands as a sharp exception to the Erastian trend of the
19) In historical terms, this arrangement brokered an uneasy compromise between the Erastian or Lutheran view that the government of the church belonged to the civil magistrate, and the High Church (quasi-Catholic) claim that the church possessed an apostolic authority independent of the secular state.
Or perhaps it will encourage studies on the distant Erastian consequences and dislocations of a sixteenth-century decision to break with an international papacy and throw the church at the merciful feet of the king, the most powerful layman in the nation.
Disestablishment represented an abandonment of the old Erastian ideology that advocated the political direction of religious teaching as a means to republican virtue, peace, and good order.
237) Although by 1815 Jefferson owned a copy of Hooker, (238) Hooker, an Erastian, opposed separation.