From Nature to Experience

Lundin, R. (2007). From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Below you will find quotes I found worth noting from Roger Lundin’s book From Nature to Experience.


p. 3 “t primacy f experience became t premise _ t promise f pragmatism, t one genuinely indigenous philosophical movement American has ever produced.”

p. 4 “Within history original intentions often have ironic consequences, Bonhoeffer had come to realize, _ ideals look very different in the ripeness f their maturity than in t freshness f their birth.”

p. 4″I assess history _ comment on culture in this manner b/c I am prompted by a conviction currently out f intellectual favor. + s that ideas have considerable power within history _, to some extent, over its course. As they are transmitted over time _ across space through t artifacts _ labors f culture, ideas enlighten, terrify, _ inspire ppl. They can _ do drive ppl apart, but they also draw them together, across boundaries f race, gender, culture, _ time.”

p. 7 “…enduring importance f t question f authority for t advocates f pragmatism. As a system f thought, + emerged n t late 19th century, when many established sources fauthority were under question or attach, _ throughout its history + has attempted to solve t riddle f t role f authority n cultural life. By what means, if any, + has asked, can t moral life b grounded?

p. 7 “Emerson s t most important figure for my historical argument, but he is perhaps more vital as a hermeneutical key than he s as a causal force.”

p.8 “What I am convinced f, however, s that Nietzsche _ Foucault elaborate ideas that were tacit or latent n romanticism.”

p.9 “W/good justification, many consider biography t quintessential human effort to draw meaning from human experience. B/c they appear to b guided by t premise that experience must generate t standards by wch + s to b assessed, many moder biographies seem vexed _ confused by t limits f that experience.”

p.10 “At t center f my argument, however, lies t work f Barth, t foremost Protestant theologican f t past two centuries. Barth broke upon t European intellectual scene at t close f WWI w/a trenchant critique f t normative authority f experience _ t priority f subjectivity in 19th century theology. Forhalf a century, he argued that our knowledge f God _ t truth must b grounded in God’s own acts f sacrificial self-disclosure, rather than n t vagaries f experience or t mechanics f nature.”

p.11 “In a conversation many years ago, my colleague Mark Noll asked what might have happened if t road to t New World had led through Wittenberg rather than Geneva. How would t narratives _ metaphors f t American experience have been differnt, that s, if t bedrock for t culture had been a Lutheran theolgy f t Cross rather than t covenantal system f Calvinism?”

p.11 “Gadamer may b t most influential hermeneutical thinker f t last century, but his work appears largely at t margins f English studies, despite t brilliant efforts f such scholars as Gerald Bruns _ Joel Weinsheimer to draw him closer to t center.”


Faith Can Fine Tune

13 But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written,
“I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak,
14 knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will
present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. 16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

II Corinthians 4:13-18

I discovered these rich sermon notes when doing some cleaning at the house. The sermon was from Dr. Wayne Fulton and I’m thinking 1995 time period.

Title: Faith Can Fine Tune…

vs 13 – Our speech…on the mountain top and in the valley
vs14 – Our stability (assurance—see also II Cor 1:9-10)
vs15 – Our steadfastness (stick to it attitude)
vs 16 – Our strength…outward man perishes, but the inward man renews in Christ
vs 17,18 – Our sight…light affliction is for a moment, but weight of glory is eternal

I miss Dr. Fulton whose humble wisdom and love for Christ eternally changed me, but I’m grateful for little nuggets from his sermons.