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Thomas Erastus oor die struktuur van die gemeenskap

A. D. Pont
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 41, No 3 | a2155 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v41i3.2155 | © 1985 A. D. Pont | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 January 1985 | Published: 07 January 1985

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Thomas Erastus on the church, the rulers and the community
In this, largely descriptive paper, the views of Thomas Erastus (1520-1583) of Heidelberg, are discussed. Erastus' views on the church, the rulers and the community are put forward in his Treatise Explicatio gravissimae of 1568-69, published in 1589. It is clear that Erastus depends on the Zurich covenant-theology in his view that the community is essentially a Christian community ruled by the pius magistratus. In this community the church does not appear as a separate coetus or societas, but is ruled by the godly prince who rules according to God's law. Erastus' view gained popularity in the ecclesia AngUcam and was, to a certain extent, also a plea for the divine rights of kings.


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