Erastianism

Erastianism

[ih-ras-chuh-niz-uhm, -tee-uh-niz-]
noun
the doctrine, advocated by Thomas Erastus, of the supremacy of the state over the church in ecclesiastical matters.

Origin:
1675–85; Erastian + -ism

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Erastianism (ɪˈræstɪəˌnɪzəm)
 
n
the theory that the state should have authority over the church in ecclesiastical matters
 
[C17: named after Thomas Erastus (1524--83), Swiss theologian to whom such views were attributed]
 
E'rastian
 
n, —adj

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