Why are hatred, intolerance, violence and war so deeply ingrained in religion?
Why did the Cross become a rallying symbol for persecution?
What happens when military power and religious fervor are combined?
How does one man who loves the Church confront its history of crusade and conquest?
Constantine's Sword is the story of James Carroll, a former Catholic priest on a journey to confront his past and uncover the roots of religiously inspired violence and war. His search also reveals a growing scandal involving religious infiltration of the U.S. military and the terrible consequences of religion's influence on America's foreign policy.
Carroll focuses on Christian antisemitism as the model for all religious hatred, exposing the cross as a symbol of a long history of violence against Jews. The film brings the history of religious intolerance to life, tracing it as a source of the fanaticism that threatens the world today. At its core, Constantine's Sword is a compelling personal narrative - a kind of detective story - as one man uncovers the dark areas of his own past, searching for a better future.
1 - Introduction by Gabriel Byrne (1:27)
2 - Extended interview - Elaine Pagels (9:41)
3 - Outttake interview - Konstanty Gebert (7:15)
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