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Constantine's Sword
A film by Oren Jacoby

95 minutes, documentary, color & b/w, 2008



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?

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"Like THE DA VINCI CODE, it grasps at the enigmatic flux of Christian history. You’ll walk out enriched." - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"Enthralling!" - Stephen Holden, New York Times

"Astonishing!" - Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-Reel Talk

"Magnificent!" - Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"A fascinating journey... that couldn't have come at a better time." - Ken Fox, TV Guide

"Eye-opening! Moments that are simply amazing. James Carroll is a marvelous teller of truths." -Eric Goldman, NJ Jewish Standard

"Engrossing and evocative!" - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Exhilarating!" - Rob Nelson, Boston Phoenix

"Eloquent...fascinating!" - Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun

Recommended Reading

Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews -- A History by James Carroll

With God on Our Side: One Man's War Against an Evangelical Coup in America's Military by Michael Weinstein


See details about this film's theatrical run.


Director's Statement

Disc Features

●  Introduction by Gabriel Byrne
●  Extended Scenes & Outtake
●  Director’s Notes
●  Filmmaker Biographies

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