Constantine's Sword

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  • Creator First Run Features
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication [Place of publication not identified] : First Run Features, [2008] New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Infobase, 2017. ©2008
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr., 35 min., 18 sec)) : sound, color


  • 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 the 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, this film asks the timely question: is the fanaticism that threatens the world today fueled by our own deeply held beliefs?


  • Originally released by First Run Features, 2008.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on August 24, 2017.
  • Streaming video file.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • James Carroll's Early Life (3:56); Converting Air Force Cadets (2:52); Christianity at the Air Force Academy (3:42); Jewish-Christian History (5:06); Story of Constantine (5:59); St. Helena (5:55); Truth in Constantine's Story (4:58); Rhineland Crusades (5:15); Carroll's Call to Priesthood (5:42); Spanish Jews in Rome (9:02); Mission to Covert (4:54); Catholicism and Nazi Germany (10:25); Restrictions on Jewish Citizens (6:44); Catholic Church's Attempt for Reform (4:27); Leaving the Priesthood (3:19); Crusade on Terrorism (10:21); Credits: Constantine's Sword (2:23)
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