From the March/April, 2014 issue of Touchstone
The Ineffable by John Granger

The Ineffable

Hallowed Be Thy Name: The Name-Glorifying Dispute in the Russian Orthodox Church and on Mt. Athos, 1912–1914
by Tom Dykstra
OCABS Press, 2013
(246 pages, $22.00, paperback)

reviewed by John Granger

One hundred years ago last summer, Russian sailors invaded Mount Athos to confront the monks at one monastery there, who asserted that "the Name of God is God," i.e., that to say the Lord's name is to be in his presence. After theological discussion and negotiation failed, some 800 monks were captured by force, taken to Odessa, and defrocked. More than a thousand more Athonite monastics eve . . .


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