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Offline Jetavan

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The Name-Worshippers and Mathematical Infinity?
« on: June 19, 2010, 06:33:01 PM »
There's a new book out, Naming Infinity: A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity, that describes how a mystical Russian Orthodox sect, the "Name-Worshippers", help produce "one of the biggest mathematical breakthroughs of the twentieth century".

The "Name-Worshippers", the book claims, were deemed heretical by some Russian Orthodox leaders of the late Tsarist period. But, it appears, the Name-Worshippers were simply practicing the Jesus Prayer. So, why should the Jesus Prayer have been resisted by some Orthodox in the early 20th-century?
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Re: The Name-Worshippers and Mathematical Infinity?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2010, 09:56:14 PM »
The name worshippers were condemned by several synods, I believe in Constantinople between the years 1905 and 1918 if memory serves correctly.   The details were that the spoken/written name is equivelent to the divinity, and therein lay the problem.