Erastian. (n.d.). In YourDictionary. Retrieved from https://www.yourdictionary.com/Erastian
(theology, historical) A follower of Thomas Erastus (1524–1583), Swissphysician and theologian, or his doctrines, associated with the idea that the State should have supremacy in ecclesiastical matters.
Benjamin Hoadly, the newly-appointed bishop of Bangor, scented the opportunity and wrote a speedy and able reply, Preservative against the Principles and Practices of Non-Jurors, in which his own Erastian position was recommended and sincerity proposed as the only test of truth.
He is often spoken of in German works as the author of the "territorial system," or Erastian theory of ecclesiastical government.
In 1535 Henry sent Dr Barlowe to convert James to his own religious ideas, Erastian, anti-papal, the seizure of the wealth of the church.
He was assiduous in his attendance, and, though frequently standing almost or quite alone, especially in the Erastian controversy, he exercised a material influence on the result of the discussions of the Assembly.