Definition of Erastian in English:


adjective & noun

  • See Erastianism

    • ‘Though, as an Erastian institution, the Church of England dates only from the 16th cent., Christianity in these islands originated with merchants, administrators, and soldiers in 2nd and 3rd-cent.’
    • ‘A Presbyterian, and later an Erastian in his views on Church government, in this poem Prynne's thought seems to point towards Robert Browne's early anticlericalism.’
    • ‘This criticized the prevalent Erastian and latitudinarian tendencies of the Anglican Church, and generated an investigation into the nature of the Church.’
    • ‘However, this Erastian principle flows from sincere and primary and pre-constructed doctrine.’
    • ‘On some issues, such as abortion and contraception, Catholics have long favoured statutory prohibition or restriction, although not in Erastian terms.’