David Carlson is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion at Franklin College. As well as being the author of the award-winning Christopher Worthy and Father Fortis mystery series from Coffeetown Press, David Carlson is the author of Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World (Thomas Nelson Publishers), which was selected as one of the Best Books of the Year in 2011 in the category of Spiritual Living by Library Journal, and Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendship (New City Press).
David is also a media resource and frequent speaker on religion and terrorism, Catholic-Orthodox relations, and Christian-Muslim relations.
NEH Fellowship 1982
Faculty Teaching Award 1987, Franklin College
Dietz Faculty Excellence Award 1995, Franklin College
Dietz Faculty Excellence Award 2009, Franklin College
Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World (Thomas Nelson, 2011) Starred Review in both Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal. Selected as one of the “Best Books of 2011” by Library Journal in the category of “Spiritual Living.”
Enter by the Narrow Gate: A Christopher Worthy and Father Fortis Mystery (Coffeetown Press, 2016) Bronze Award Winner 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards
In the Clutches of the Wicked: A Christopher Worthy and Father Fortis Mystery (Coffeetown Press, 2019) Finalist, Forward Reviews INDIES Mystery of the Year, 2019