First published in , Vine Deloria Jr.’s God Is Red remains the seminal work on Native religious views, asking new questions about our species and our. God is Red: A Native View of Religion, 30th Anniversary Edition [Vine Deloria Jr., Leslie Silko, George E. Tinker] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying. God Is Red [Vine Deloria Jr.] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Deloria offers an alternative to Christianity through a return to Indian beliefs.

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George-Kanentiio was born and raised in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. I’m referring to Deloria’s excessively long-winded and highly questionable defense of some pretty out-there conspiracy theories.

I can imagine that this book is being used in colleges in their Native American classes, and I believe I would have preferred to have studied this with a professor than to have read it on my own, as I would have learned so much more than I had. And it might have just as likely ended up with me being shut out of community life for being an outsider.

It helped that I read this while visiting the west and native American cultural centers!

Now, two decades later, as environmental awareness continues to grow, Vine Deloria, Jr. Just live simply and be nice. This was the first step on the path to becoming a multinational religion, the one and only absolute truth for everyone, in every place, for all eternity.

God is Red: A Native View of Religion – Vine Deloria – Google Books

The Indians of the American Imagination. Christianity is a core topic throughout this work and Deloria encourages even the delogia devout to reflect unsparingly at the historical context in which Christianity has risen through history and in the America’s.

When American economic interests are threatened, reverence for human life stops, and the Marines are sent to mow down the enemy of the month, as well as innocent bystanders. In God is Red Vine explains how Christianity is the root cause of this great weakness of the United States—the inablity to respect to respect or vinf those who are different.


He argues that this greatly affects the ethical and moral behavior of the believers; Native American beliefs are ia directed towards community, place, and current needs, while the rest of us are more directed rdd moral codes that we usually don’t feel a need to follow very closely.

The cavalry slaughtered those Indians who resisted surrendering their freedom. Another one is how Deloria talks about tribal religions being designed goe a particular people inhabiting a particular place, and not having the kind of universal claims that Christianity does, but eed he treats them as some kind of block group with universal characteristics set up in contrast to Christianity.

Deloria attacks this type of thinking and shows how academic religious studies have primarily been conducted with a bias towards Western religions.

A Native View of Religion: Account Options Sign in. But even still, claiming that indigenous tribal beliefs are the way of the future was something I still had to roll my eyes at. Jun 22, Rachel Jackson rated it liked it. I admit I’ve had some of these thoughts before, but in the ls world it’s harder to talk about ancestral religions without dealing with the modern concept of race, and that leads you to creepy neopagan groups that bristle when black people want to join or the various neo-Nazis that give Asatru a bad name.

Deloria’s straightforward analysis and assault of American institutions in that book, referencing historical and cultural genocide and blatant racist treatment of indigenous people, was an account that completely floored me. Great explanation of native American spirituality, how they believe you cannot have a religion without a shared Selected pages Title Page. Published September 1st by Fulcrum Publishing first published The Aboriginal World and Christian History.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In his words, Christianity can describe ideal behavior but cannot produce it. Tribal Religions and Contemporary American Culture.

Tribal folks were not amused. These beliefs are also compared and contrasted against the beliefs rec other cultures, especially those of Western Europeans and Americans.

God Is Red: A Native View of Religion Summary & Study Guide

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. It starts delotia talking about a difference between religions with a temporal focus, like Christianity’s view of the creation of the world, its doctrine as a series of revealed truths which resonate down to the present delroia, and its teleological and eschatological focus, and religions with a spacial focus that have a specific land where its practitioners live and specific holy places where the rites are practiced, like the old sacrificial cult of the Temple in pre-exilic Israelite religion–and I’m not just inserting that for egotistical vind, because Deloria does make a connection that Judaism is one of the few mainstream religions that still has a lot of the characteristics of a tribal religion.

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I’m going to reread this once I’ve finished because it has given me so many things to reflect upon. But Deloria praises the book excessively, perhaps because it suggests that there are more things in heaven and earth rex heaven than are dreamt of in Western religion and science.

Deloria delights in using the example of televangelist Oral Roberts. Additionally, I rd some of Deloria’s reasoning and research a bit suspect in some places, as he cited older scientific evidence or jumped to conclusions about Christian history without really explaining what he was delorix.

It is obvious that the author finds many of the traditions and beliefs in the Christian doctrine to be groundless and often absurd. Deloria is perhaps what today we call a religious extremist, but his university educated mind channels the point of view sorely lacking in today’s discourse in religious tolerance: I especially enjoyed learning about how natives regard other species as a people, with their own methods of communication.

Limited preview – If I write a paper on the book, I’ll post it.