Postcards from Babylon
Can American Christians resist the hijacking of the Christian faith by American Nationalism? Based on the popular book of the same name, the film begins with author Brian Zahnd some 350 miles into his 500-mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. He walks “the Camino” in spiritual pilgrimage as preparation for the mental mayhem of the polarized political climate in America. It’s against the backdrop of the elections that Zahnd exposes how the church in America has succumbed to the seduction of empire and has entangled Christianity with the Red, White, and Blue. The parallel between the modern-day United States of America and Biblical Babylon is one that is rarely drawn. Zahnd exposes the misguided culture war from evangelicals who rely on fear and scapegoating rather than the disarming qualities of humility, grace, and love. Evangelicalism’s alliance with American politics is distorting the core message of the cross and damaging the witness of Christ both nationally and internationally. The film’s crew journeys to places around the United States of America leading them deep into the heart of the story. Featuring Brian Zahnd, Lisa Sharon Harper, Walter Brueggemann, Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Merritt, Pete Wehner, and Daniel Dietrich.
Starring Walter Brueggemann, Shane Claiborne, Kristin Kobes Du Mez
Director David Peters