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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Jun 25, Victoria Haf rated it it was amazing. Unique religions emerged in each tribal homeland, fine-tuned to its landscape, ecology, and climate. He sought a path that could be of greater benefit to Native American people. It is chock full of typos, really obvious ones, and sentences that no matter how many times I read, I couldn’t understand what they meant i.

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Deloria drives it home that Western Culture is basically secularized Christianity. For Native Americans, it’s all tied up in culture and daily life. The Aboriginal World and Christian History.

When American economic interests are threatened, reverence deloia human life stops, and the Marines are sent to mow down the enemy of the month, as well as innocent bystanders. Contact Contact Us Help. Jul 22, Donna rated it did not like it Shelves: Conservative Christians are heading off the deep end and liberal Christians are dropping like flies as they get disenchanted by the craziness and don’t want any association with it.

I would not hesitate to pick up an earlier edition of this book to see if it more adequately meets my expectations, but I did find this particular edition a disappointment. Nothing ever dies, merely transitions into the next phase. I started reading this book while taking a comparative religions class. Aug 31, Holly rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Nov 04, Bucket rated it really liked it Shelves: As an atheist, I approach any spiritual beliefs with skepticism and cynicism to begin with, and even Deloria’s account of tribal beliefs is no different.


A Native View of Religion from Amazon. In response Deloria rwd the spiritual practices of Native American religion, which Deloria gives a thorough, and often humourous, attack on American Christianity. In seeking an ultimate answer to meaning of existence, that is, in reading God’s mind as early scientists described their work, modern society has foreclosed the possibility if experiencing life in favor of explaining it.

He argues that Native American religious belief is based on a strong connection to place, while many other belief systems emphasize history especially Christianity, but he deloriq mentions many other major religions.

God Is Red: A Native View of Religion by Vine Deloria Jr.

This is a dense book that deals with a lot of issues, and I’m not going to be able to cover them all here because I have limited space and my reviews are long enough anyway. May 16, Jody rated it it was ok. A Native View of Religion.

For one thing, the Native Americans didn’t have a personal God in the same sense as the Christians, nor did they believe that they needed a personal savior.

God Is Red: A Native View of Religion

The first and most blatant is the bizarre diversion off into Immanuel Velikovsky ‘s Worlds in Collision and its theories about Venus being a comet and Venus and Ivne ping-ponging around the solar system to produce many of the ancient accounts of miracles. Fur traders nearly eliminated the beavers. She said everything I would say, but more eloquently than I could. This scholarly work by Vine Deloria, Jr.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Also, unlike Western religions, those of the Native Americas lack theological dogma. He is a very biased author, but then that is by his own admis Deloria makes some really brilliant, succinct points about Native American religion, Christianity, and the Western world.

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While I understand why he would want to believe those theories, it was bizarre and out of place in this book to read 10 pages of Deloria defending Velikovsky’s hypothesis and another dozen pages defending ancient astronauts as things that totally happened and through which we should all view the development of religions.

Deloria encourages critical dialogue with thought provoking alternative theories to many timely religious topics and debates which are more relevant today than ever. Celebrating three decades in publication with a special 30th anniversary edition, this classic work reminds us to learn “that we are a part of nature, Browse all BookRags Study Guides.

This book is only about the litagation the federally recognized tribes have used to obtain the rights they deserve.

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 tolerate those who are different. Want to Read saving…. Get God Is Red: While he doesn’t come out and say one style of religion is better than the other, he does rd a case against Western religion – Christianity in most cases. Thinking in Time and Space. There are many differences in Native American spirituality and the Christian religion, but I don’t wish to take up all of them.

I picked this dwloria up because it is known as one of the foremost books on Native American religion. If we don’t, we won’t be around for too much longer. Dec 25, Craig rated it it was ok.