I get the impression that James Carroll considers himself infinitely smarter than Joseph Smith, Hugh Nibley, and the rest of us. Who knows? He might be right. Intelligence is hard to measure. And, some of the geniuses that I have met are actually some of the dumbest people that I know -- no common sense whatsoever.
Intellectually, I'm probably smarter than Joseph Smith. I sure seem to have a lot more scholastic degrees and book knowledge than Joseph Smith ever had.
So what? It's all worthless unless God is willing to back it! It's all worthless unless it is actually true and God knows that it is true.
I learned long ago that wisdom, experience, and first-hand direct contact with God Himself will trump book-learning and intellectual smarts every time. In comparison to God and revelations from God, James Carroll's superior intellect is nothing!
Bragging about your superior intellect is a waste of time, because there will always be someone smarter than you; and, God is smarter than all of us put together, because God has access to the absolute truth on every subject that comes our way, including religion.
If you have a question, don't ask James Carroll. Ask God!
From what I have seen and read so far, the writings from Hugh Nibley and Joseph Smith are a whole lot cooler and infinitely more inspirational and interesting than anything that James Carroll has written so far.
If mucking about in the garbage interests you, then read James Carroll. If you want to be inspired and uplifted and awed, then read Joseph Smith or Hugh Nibley. The one contains the words of Satan, and the other contains the words of God. You choose which you prefer to read.