Saturday, May 9, 2009

Constantine's Sword

This documentary by James Carroll (who wrote the book of the same name) is especially compelling and insightful."Constantine's Sword" is a reflection and historical journey into how many denominations of Christianity evolved into a warring religion from the peaceful teachings of Jesus. Carroll focuses on the Roman Emperor Constantine who elevated the cross into a symbol that sanctified war, and made killing justified in the name of Christ and God.




Carroll is the narrator and traveler who takes us on an expedition into how Christ's message became distorted over time, leading up to where the movie starts: the evangelical hot bed of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the evangelical takeover of the U.S. Airforce Academy in that city. He then moves backwards in time to about 350 years after Christ's death, interweaving his journey with personal remembrances of growing up in an observant Catholic family.


PART ONE

Click here to watch this part of the documentary on Veoh.


PART TWO

Click here to watch this part of the documentary on Veoh.


Constantine's Sword is an astonishing exploration of the dark side of Christianity, following acclaimed author and former priest James Carrol on a journey of rememberance and reckoning. Warning of what happens when military power and religious fervor are joined, this new film from Oscar-nominated director Oren Jacoby asks: Is the fanaticism that threatens the world today fueled by our own deeply held beliefs?

Click here to visit the official website.

3 comments:

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Utopiah said...

"The video has been blocked for the reason of copyright infringement"

Anonymous said...

I think the video is available in pieces on youtube