Constantine's Sword

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Released 2007

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Director:
Oren Jacoby
Released:
2007
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Constantine's Sword is a 2007 documentary that takes the narrator, James Carroll, on a journey through the history of Christianity in Europe. Using his background as a former priest, Carroll investigates Christian anti-Semitism and its evolution, eventually bringing his search to the United States to also look at the link between Christian evangelism, political conservatism and the American military. Starting with anti-Semitic attitudes in the Roman empire during the reign of Constantine, Carroll points out that the heart of anti-Semitism lies in the idea that Jews were responsible for Jesus' death. He also notes that Constantine is responsible for the cross, a symbol of torture and execution, becoming the most recognizable symbol of Christianity. From there, Carroll finds examples of centuries of warfare and persecution waged in the name of Jesus Christ against people of other faiths, most notably Jews and Muslims. Taking this dark history into consideration, Carroll delves into the Christian indoctrination of the U.S. military, with a particular focus on the United States Air Force. Carroll questions the legitimacy of preparing soldiers for war with an evangelical perspective, especially when history shows that evangelism and war have such a tragic cultural impact.

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Religion & Spirituality, History