Constantine's Sword

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Exceptional research elevates Constantine's Sword from a talking heads documentary to a resonant and thought-provoking expose of the church's dark history.

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Author and former priest James Carroll explores his past and confronts religion's history of violence committed in the name of God.

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Critic Reviews for Constantine's Sword

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (4)

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Hank Sartin

    Time Out
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • Jacoby and Carroll make their case skillfully, carefully excerpting key scenes from Lenny (with Dustin Hoffman doing a Lenny Bruce monologue on anti-Jewish prejudice) and The Robe.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • Constantine's Sword speaks provocatively to history and our moment.

    May 30, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • The breadth of Carroll's scholarship and the depth of his religious understanding strengthen his assertion that our misadventure in Iraq is the beginning of a new holy war.

    May 30, 2008 | Full Review…
  • But I ramble. So does the movie, in an insidiously fascinating way.

    May 30, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Constantine's Sword

  • Oct 12, 2011
    James Carrol's theory that the Cross is a violent rather than peaceful symbol is intriguing, as is the connections he makes between the Antisemitism from the formation of the Church, to the Holocaust, and finally the disquieting merge between Evangelical Christianity and the American Military. Carrol makes some bold, possibly true, statements but his arguments are too thinly drawn for my taste. Its also hard for me to connect the Catholics with Evangelicals because of how much the latter dislikes the former.
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