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Why are intolerance, violence and war so deeply ingrained in religion?

This film certainly looks to be worth a look, according to Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun movie critic

Constantine's Sword

(First Run Features) A documentary by Oren Jacoby. Featuring James Carroll. Unrated. Time 93 minutes.

CONSTANTINE'S SWORD, by Oscar-nominated documentarian Oren Jacoby, is an astonishing exploration of the dark side of Christianity, following acclaimed author and former priest James Carroll on a journey of remembrance and reckoning. [More]

Constantine's Sword, according to the credits, is "based on" the book by James Carroll calling for enlightenment and clarity on the history of Christians' relationships with Jews. But it's more like an eloquent sidebar to the book, focusing on Carroll himself.

This ex-priest and son of a Cold War Christian soldier was drawn to the Catholic Church for Jesus' messages of peace. But he has spent his adult lifetime noting the disconnect of those teachings to Christian oppression of the Jews and other Semites (including Arabs during the Crusades) and the hijacking of Christianity to bless sometimes-questionable Western wars.

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The danger of putting state power behind an evangelical force is what concerns Weinstein, and Carroll, too. The author contends that the Roman Emperor Constantine roused the dark side of Christianity when he made it his state religion and changed its dominant symbol from a bread loaf or a fish to the cross – a shape that could be replicated with spears.

Read the full review at http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/custom/today/bal-to.constantine20jun20,0,3790033.story

Official Website: http://constantinessword.com/

 
 

2 Comments

  1. Alison Agins says:

    I just finished watching the film Constantine's Sword.

    I had signed up with Netflex and watched it online.

    I urge all of you who are interested in Liberty of Conscience to watch this film.

    It is very well done. James Carroll takes us on his own personal journey from a very religious Catholic up bringing to becoming a priest to learning about how his church has been involved with the persecution of Jews. He wanted to learn how that started and he takes us on a historical journey from Constantine's time through the outcome that ended up with church and state trying to destroy all Jews in Europe.

    He also takes us to the Air Force Academy and we learn of how the Religious Right Wing of this country has tried to take over the military.

    This is a must see for everyone who is concerned with our country becoming a theocracy.

  2. Alison Agins says:

    I just finished watching the film Constantine's Sword.

    I had signed up with Netflex and watched it online.

    I urge all of you who are interested in Liberty of Conscience to watch this film.

    It is very well done. James Carroll takes us on his own personal journey from a very religious Catholic up bringing to becoming a priest to learning about how his church has been involved with the persecution of Jews. He wanted to learn how that started and he takes us on a historical journey from Constantine's time through the outcome that ended up with church and state trying to destroy all Jews in Europe.

    He also takes us to the Air Force Academy and we learn of how the Religious Right Wing of this country has tried to take over the military.

    This is a must see for everyone who is concerned with our country becoming a theocracy.

 
 
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