The documentary “Jesus Camp” is an all-access pass to the “Kids on Fire” summer camp for Evangelical Christian pre-teens. There, kids are trained to become “Christian Soldiers” on a mission to spread scorched-earth fundamentalism throughout what the organizers refer to as “this sick, old world.”

The camp’s children and adult counselors open up for the cameras with an unguarded (and often cringe-inducing) honesty. At a church service, eight-year-olds speak in tongues, their bodies vibrating, their eyes wet with ecstatic tears. Toe-heads cheerily pledge to bring the same fervor to their Christian faith that Muslim suicide bombers bring to theirs. The camp’s preacher tells her young flock that their generation will likely see the Apocalypse and the end of the times. And the kids couldn’t be happier.

But this film is no anti-Christian polemic. The filmmakers present the above scenes without judgment or Michael Moore style snarkiness. Rather than just trying to elicit “foam at the mouth” sound bites, the filmmakers give the interviewees long takes in which to explain themselves and their views.

As a result, the way you see the film will depend largely on the way you see the world. Depending on your political and religious beliefs, the camp will either represent: (1) an important spiritual education for kids confronted with an increasingly depraved world or (2) an American Madrassa converting innocent children into rabid extremists.

The film’s primary weakness is its failure to bring in outside perspectives to weigh in on the camp and its participants. What would a psychologist have to say about the effects of all this fire and brimstone on the psyche of a young child? The children are home-schooled so that they learn about Christ instead of Copernicus and Eden instead of Evolution. Are there studies on what effect this insular environment has on the children’s ability to socialize? Can they gain entry to major universities without a thorough grounding in science? In this brand of fundamentalism sweeping the nation, or is this more of a splinter faction ignored by other mainline religions.

The film is quite successful in documenting the children’s lives and the camp’s activities, but I was left wondering how concerned I should be…buy Quills