[act-ma] (Wed.) 12/10 Cambridge Forum Hosts James Carroll Discussing Christ Actually with Harvey Cox

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Cambridge Forum
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November 25, 2014

CHRIST ACTUALLY:  Jesus in the 21st Century

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014  at 7:00 p.m. Cambridge Forum hosts
award-winning author and Boston Globe columnist James Carroll, discussing
his newest book Christ Actually:  The Son God for the Secular Age with
Harvey Cox of Harvard Divinity School.  Carroll begins with a question
from Dietrich Bonhoeffer “Who is Christ actually. . . for us, today”
after the Holocaust, after Hiroshima, after a century of war and society's
drift away from religion that followed? Carroll finds a hopeful answer in a
surprising place; looking at Jesus's identity as a Jewish human being, he
finds a Christ, no Christian himself, who transcends Christianity to speak
to the people of today's world.

James Carroll is the author of eleven novels and seven previous works of
nonfiction.  His memoir An American Requiem received the 1996 National
Book Award in nonfiction.  Constantine's Sword:  The Church and the
Jews:  A History was a New York Times bestseller and was honored as Best
Book of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor and
others.  Carroll is an award-winning columnist for the Boston Globe and a
Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University in Boston. He is a
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Associate of
the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. He delivered the 2014
Paul Tillich Lecture at Harvard University.

Harvey Cox  is Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard, where he
began teaching in 1965.  Author of more than a dozen books, including The
Future of Faith and Common Prayers: Faith, Family, and a Christian's
Journey Through the Jewish Year, his research and teaching interests focus
on the interaction of religion, culture, and politics. Among the issues he
explores are urbanization, theological developments in world Christianity,
Jewish-Christian relations, and current spiritual movements.  Cox argues
for a new ecumenism in which Christians ignore dogma and embrace
spirituality, while finding common threads with other religions.

The program is co-sponsored by Harvard Book Store.  Books will be
available for purchase and signing at the Forum.

The program is free and open to the public. The forum takes place at the
First Parish in Cambridge, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square. 
Cambridge Forum is recorded and edited for public radio broadcast. Edited
podcasts are available, and select forums can also be viewed in their
entirety on YouTube.

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