Executive Producer: Cal Skaggs
God's Next Army
God's Next Army takes you inside Patrick Henry College for an intimate look at a conservative Evangelical Christian liberal arts institution that is dedicated to home-schooled kids.
During the Bush Administration, Patrick Henry College, though small, had more White House interns than any other college in America. The primary focus of this institution near Washington, DC, is to produce the next generation of Christian political leaders. Its mission involves "...aiding in the transformation of American society by training Christian students to serve God and mankind with a passion for righteousness, justice and mercy, through careers of public service and cultural influence."
In God's Next Army, award-winning filmmakers Jed Rothstein and Tom Hurwitz follow members of the incoming freshman class through their training, which emphasizes debating skills, their conformity to college rules, and their frequent day trips to Congress, where they hone their expertise as lobbyists dedicated to molding the world into a Christian Republic.
Students also take courses in fields such as Strategic Intelligence, in the underlying belief that their patriotism and clean backgrounds make them excellent candidates for work on the frontlines of the intelligence community.
The degree of access allowed the filmmakers, and the filmmakers' skills in allowing the story to unfold in an objective way in front of the lens, makes for a fascinating and incisive portrait of these students and this institution.
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