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    Defining Atheism, Theism, and God.Bruce Milem - 2019 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 85 (3):335-346.
    At first glance, atheism seems simple to define. If atheism is the negation of theism, and if theism is the view that at least one god exists, then atheism is the negation of this view. However, the common definitions that follow from this insight suffer from two problems: first, they often leave undefined what “god” means, and, second, they understate the scope of the disagreement between theists and atheists, which often has as much to do with the fundamental character of (...)
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    Two Myths of Sisyphus.Bruce Milem - 2018 - Philosophy and Literature 42 (2):440-443.
    [We present below a preliminary translation of an ancient Greek manuscript, recently discovered by Dr. __________, containing two variations on the myth of Sisyphus. The document is in fragments, with gaps at the beginning and partway through.… [Upon] his capture, Sisyphus was brought before the council of the gods, who were informed of all his crimes. After withdrawing from the chamber for many hours, they returned to sentence Sisyphus to his fate. He was doomed to roll a rock up a (...)
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    Turner on Reason and Proving God’s Existence.Bruce Milem - 2007 - Philosophy and Theology 19 (1/2):79-94.
    In Faith, Reason and the Existence of God, Denys Turner defends the possibility of proving God’s existence on Christian and philosophical grounds. He responds to Kantian objections by developing a theory of reason derived from Thomas Aquinas. Turner’s work shifts the debate about God’s existence to the problem of determining which concept of reason is correct. I argue that this problem is extremely difficult and perhaps insoluble, because it requires using reason to resolve a dispute about reason. Consequently, Turner’s claims (...)
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    Masters of Learned Ignorance: Eriugena, Eckhart, Cusanus. By Donald F. Duclow: Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Bruce Milem - 2009 - Heythrop Journal 50 (4):732-733.
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    Derrida the Scrivener: John Caputo’s The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida: Religion Without Religion. [REVIEW]Bruce Milem - 1998 - Radical Philosophy Review 1 (2):178-180.
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    Creation Out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration. [REVIEW]Bruce Milem - 2005 - International Philosophical Quarterly 45 (3):408-410.
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    The Impossible Has Already Occurred: Derrida and Negative Theology.Bruce Milem - 1997 - Philosophy Today 41 (Supplement):180-185.
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    Four Theories of Negative Theology.Bruce Milem - 2007 - Heythrop Journal 48 (2):187–204.
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  9. Suffering God: Meister Eckhart's Sermon 52.Bruce Milem - 1996 - Mystics Quarterly 22:69-90.
    According to most Eckhart scholars, this famous sermon on spiritual poverty demands a radical break with ordinary life to make possible a union with God that generally lies beyond the limits of creatures. In my view, on the contrary, Eckhart uses the idea of spiritual poverty to proclaim the eternal identity of God and the soul. Eckhart vividly shows that the soul, involved in this identity, must paradoxically be both divine and created, both eternal and temporal.
     
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    Deleuze and Religion. [REVIEW]Bruce Milem - 2002 - Teaching Philosophy 25 (3):276-279.
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    Transcendence in Philosophy and Religion. [REVIEW]Bruce Milem - 2003 - Teaching Philosophy 26 (4):391-393.
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    On What Cannot Be Said: Apophatic Discourses in Philosophy, Religion, Literature and the Arts. Volume One:Classic Formulations. Edited with Theoretical and Critical Essays by William Franke and On What Cannot Be Said: Apophatic Discourses in Philosophy, Religion, Literature and the Arts. Volume Two:Modern and Contemporary Transformations. Edited with Theoretical and Critical Essays by William Franke. [REVIEW]Bruce Milem - 2010 - Heythrop Journal 51 (1):174-175.
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    Julie Casteigt, Connaissance et vérité chez Maître Eckhart: Seul le juste connaît la justice. Paris: J. Vrin, 2006. Paper. Pp. 480. €55. [REVIEW]Bruce Milem - 2011 - Speculum 86 (1):175-177.
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  14. Meister Eckhart and the Image: Sermon 16b.Bruce Milem - 1999 - The Eckhart Review 8:47-59.
    This article explores the tension between Meister Eckhart's frequent claim that the human soul is an image of the divine and his equally frequent claim that God is beyond description and language. Through a reading of German Sermon 16b, I argue that Eckhart emphasizes the image's immediate ontological relationship to its source and downplays the image's similarity to this source. The soul as an image of God reveals God not through its nature as a soul but through the contingency of (...)
     
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  15. Meister Eckhart: Image and Discourse in Four German Sermons.Bruce Milem - 1997 - Dissertation, State University of New York at Stony Brook
    I argue that Meister Eckhart's distinctive use of language in his German sermons deliberately reflects his theological view. Instead of being straightforward statements of doctrine, Eckhart's sermons use paradox, wordplay, and imagery to engage their interpreters dialectically and bring them to the perspective Eckhart hopes to instill. This perspective centers on God's simultaneous distinction and indistinction from creatures, including the soul. Knowing God requires becoming aware of one's own contingency as a creature in time, which exists only because it receives (...)
     
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    The Unspoken Word: Negative Theology in Meister Eckhart's German Sermons.Bruce Milem - 2002 - Catholic University of America Press.
    First Eckhart says, "God is a word, an unspoken word." This sentence recalls the beginning of the Gospel of John, but it is curious that Eckhart alludes to its identification of the Word with God precisely here, right after he asserts God's ineffa- ...
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