Readers of BYU Studies will recognize Professor John S. Tanner’s name and interest in John Milton’s Paradise Lost from an earlier article he published in these pages in 1984. Anxiety in Eden continues Tanner’s work on Milton, this time from the perspective of the work of the Danish philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard. The book has already received much praise, including the Milton Society of America’s James Holly Hanford award for most distinguished book of 1992.
There is good reason for readers of the journal to know about this valuable contribution to our understanding of important philosophical, psychological, and doctrinal issues associated with Milton’s epic poem. Not only is Tanner’s insight into the works of two great Christian writers of value, but the book also reflects his ability to combine the languages of the academy and the Spirit, of reason and faith.