Self Evidence by John Harmon McElroy

Self Evidence

From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority
by Roger Lundin
Rowman & Littlefield, 2005
(280 pages, $26.95, paperback)

reviewed by John Harmon McElroy

From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority by Roger Lundin, a professor of English at Wheaton College, is a thoroughly documented, closely reasoned critique of the religious and literary temperament of Europe and the United States during the last two centuries. But despite its subtitle, the nature of cultural authority and whether Americans have sought it in distinctive ways are not analyzed.

What Lundin does furnish, and it is much, is an analysis of nineteenth- and twentie . . .