From Library Journal
In a survey of 20-odd modern writers, Lockerbie (A Passion for Learning: A History of Christian Thought and Education, Moody, 1994) shows how each author’s personal lack of faith was expressed in his or her works. He draws his categories from T.S. Eliot, who divided modern literature into three periods: before Darwin, when faith was assumed and ignored; a second period of doubt, with which the present volume largely deals; and his own time, in which Christian faith was spoken of as an anachronism. Like a general preparing to fight the last war instead of the next one, the author deals mostly with controversies of the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. It is not until the penultimate chapter that the reader encounters a writer born in the 20th century (Jean-Paul Sartre). The works discussed range from Leaves of Grass and Moby Dick to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and The Fall. Readers unfamiliar with the works cited will be glad to have them introduced; others may find new appreciation for why they were written. John R. Leech, Brooklyn
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