James Carroll's Constantine's Sword

James Carroll's Constantine's Sword

Streaming Video - 2008
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This astonishing exploration of the dark side of Christianity follows former priest James Carroll on a journey of remembrance and reckoning. Carroll, a National Book Award winner, is a practicing Catholic whose search for the truth leads him to confront persecution and violence in the name of God - today and in the Church's past. He discovers a terrible legacy that reverberates across the centuries: from the Emperor Constantine's vision of the cross as a sword and symbol of power, to the rise of genocidal antisemitism, to modern day wars sparked by religious extremism. At its heart, Constantine's Sword is a detective story, as Carroll journeys into his own past (his father was a U.S. Air Force General who helped prepare for nuclear war) and into the wider world, where he uncovers evidence of church- sanctioned violence against non-Christians. At the Air Force Academy, he and director Oren Jacoby expose how some evangelicals are proselytizing inside our country's armed forces and reveal the dangerous consequences of religious influence on American foreign policy. Warning of what happens when military power and religious fervor are joined, Constantine's Sword asks the timely question: is the fanaticism that threatens the world today fueled by our own deeply held beliefs?
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: streaming video file (1 video file (ca. 96 min.)) : sd., col
Uniform Title: Constantine's sword

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naturalist
Dec 04, 2014

related: “Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII” 1999 by John Cornwell (1940-)

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Atlas_D
Mar 11, 2013

Aging, politically, as an indictment of evangelical christianity's foray into American politics is generally...

As good as it gets on liberated theology...if sucha thing exists.

I borrowed "Jerusalem", narrated by Rey Suarez from PBS Newshour at the same time, which I eco-mend. Watch both dvd's twice and compare Carroll's agonized soul search for where Christianity began to demonize the jews to Suarez' narration of how Islam's domination of Jerusalem always accomodated them while Christians, usually foreigners from Europe, tended to slaughter and exclude both jews and muslims.

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