Definition of Erastianism in English:



  • [mass noun] The doctrine that the state should have supremacy over the Church in ecclesiastical matters (wrongly attributed to Erastus).

    • ‘Maurice did not regard himself as Broad Church, and his socialism seems at odds with Arnold's Erastianism.’
    • ‘The doctrine ever since known as Erastianism still lives on in the Church of England, as least so far as episcopal appointments are concerned.’
    • ‘No Jacobite before 1716, he was driven to Jacobite intrigue by one-party tyranny and Whig Erastianism.’