Award-winning author and Boston Globe columnist James Carroll will debut his newest book, Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age, during a two-day event at Suffolk University on Nov. 17 and 18.
These events will mark the first time that Carroll speaks publicly about the book, kicking off a six-city book tour that will take him to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.
In Christ Actually, Carroll explores what we can believe about Jesus in the 21st century in light of the Holocaust and other atrocities of the 20th century, addressing the rift with religion that followed these tragedies.
Carroll believes that Suffolk is the perfect place to begin the conversation about his latest work. “Suffolk students are at the center of the intellectual and moral challenges of the modern age, and their education is all about grappling with those challenges,” he explains. There is no one I would rather be in conversation with about these questions.”
“On the first day, we’ll consider intellectual obstacles to faith. On the second day, the moral obstacles to faith,” Carroll said. “The questions I am asking are not in the spirit of promoting religion, but in the spirit of this large public question about human thinking and belief that has importance to everybody, whether they are religious or not.”
A former priest and Catholic reformer, Carroll has been a distinguished scholar-in-residence in the College of Arts & Sciences since 2008. He is the author of eleven novels and eight works of non-fiction, including the National Book Award-winning An American Requiem and the New York Times bestselling Constantine's Sword. His Boston Globe column won the 2012 Scripps Howard National Journalism Award.
The reviews for Christ Actually have already started to come in, with positive reception from critics at both Kirkus Reviews and The Library Journal. Read more about the book on the author’s website.