The Ramblings Of John Campea

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New Project: “The God Of War”

tanks.jpgAn idea has been swirling in my head for a few months now, and it really got kicked into gear as I was working in the “Whatever It Takes” documentary. I’M GOING TO DO A DOCUMENTARY OF MY OWN! It’s going ot be called “The God of War”.

Basically it’s going to be a look at the issues of War and Pacifism within the Christian world in North America against the backdrop of a George W. Bush administration and the conquest of Iraq. No, it’s not about Bush or Iraq… it’s about the conflicts within a religious movement.

Here’s the big question… how does a group (the religious right) who claims to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ then turn around en mass and suport War? Or, on the other hand, how does a group of Pacifists exist within a religion where it’s Old Testament describes the slaughter of hundreds of thousands all in the name of God?

It will touch on The Crusades, the Anabaptists, Calvin, modern trends… yadda yadda yadda. It’ll be a lot of interviews with Christian leaders and Sociologists with a smattering of my own story in there too… you see this issue is one of the reasons (among others) I left the Christain faith, so it has a personal dimension to it as well.

The project will begin around May once my new book is done (that was suposed to be done 6 months ago). In the mean time I’ll just start preparing myself for all the insults, trash talking, character assasination and threats that usually follows anyone who brings this stuff up. 🙂

Will anyone be interested in a documentary like this one? I’m not sure. But as I mentioned above it has a personal significance to me… so it’s getting done either way. I’ll keep you updated as I go.

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February 27, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

4 Comments »

  1. I respect the fact that you are doing this because it has personal significance to you, in my opinion that’s the only reason to do anything at all. 😉

    And the subject is a timeless one, and I’m sure there is a rather huge crowd who would like to see the film. Christians would see it just to talk trash afterwards, atheists and agnostics may have the exact same reason for seeing it as you have for making it…

    So, anywho, looking forward to see this at my locale cinema here in Norway, and good luck!

    Comment by Morten | February 27, 2006 | Reply

  2. Well, at least cover all sides and don’t be personally biased. i’d hate to see a documentary that does nothing but bash Christians.

    Comment by Brian | February 28, 2006 | Reply

  3. You need to talk to Tony Campolo (He was even on the Daily Show the other night) as he has described himself as being a part of the religous left. Although, he would be more aptly described as simply being non-partisan.

    Comment by Jason | March 1, 2006 | Reply

  4. If you get chance, check out Richard Dawkins’ two part documentary “The Root Of All Evil” made for Channel 4 here in the UK. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Root_of_All_Evil%3F

    Comment by Brian | March 6, 2006 | Reply


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