Territorialism | Free Online Biblical Library

If you like our 14,000 Articles library, you'll love our Courses tailor-made for all stages of church life:

Courses cover a wide range of Bible, Theology and Ministry.

Territorialism

A theory of church government brought in with the Reformation but formulated later—e.g., by C. Thomasius (1655-1728) and J.H. Böhmer (1749). The temporal ruler, by virtue of his office, possesses the right of regulating his country's ecclesiastical affairs and of banishing those disturbing the peace of the church. He himself is not subject to ecclesiastical discipline. Only one religion is permitted in a territory. It is summarized in the formula adopted at the Peace of Augsburg* (1555): cuius regio, eius religio. Opposite views are the “Collegialism” of H. Grotius,* S. Pufendorf,* and C.M. Pfaff, and the “Confessionalism” of the Anabaptist* tradition.