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There really ought to be a separate article on Erastianism. john k 07:45, 23 July 2007 (UTC) A separate Erastianism article would be useful. In his impact on the theory of church discipline from the sixteenth century into the mid seventeenth century, he would seem to fall in the mid to high priority categories. (More closely fitting the high definition.) Gamonetus (talk) 02:13, 21 April 2010 (UTC)
i second the need to create a separate article on the Erastianism an its legacy (and can help initiate such once I have some free time, unless others would like to start). It would have to begin (in my estimation) by acknowledging that the common use of the the term erastianism, beginning in the 17th century, slipped somewhat from Erastus original thought away from an exclusive focus on church discipline, and took on a life of its own. Nonetheless, this article would discuss the 'varieties of erastianism' in 17th and 18th century thought and practice. It might include sections on Grotius, Hobbes, Harrington, Puffendorf, Thomasius etc; and on leading controversies over erastianism (in the 17th century Dutch Republlic, for example, and erastian parties in England during the Commonwealth and after the Restoration). Erastianism, understood broadly as the supremacy of civil authority in ecclesiastical affairs, and at the expense of clerical autonomy, was critical in in the early modern evolution of state-craft, definitions of sovereignty and figured centrally in arguments over toleration, etc.