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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The ground says, The Great Spirit placed me here to produce all that grows on me, trees and fruit. I think this is why I don’t read nonfiction very often. If Christianity is universal and is the true and correct religion, then how come its history is so filled with horrors? He offers an interesting missing piece and alternative history for all that seek to find the truth.

I’m pretty sure you could say the same for most indigenous belief systems. Lists with This Book. Therefore, death is simply a natural progression. Deloria’s background is in history, religion, and politics and that is where he excels.

In the Christian faith, death is seen as an end to life. As the long-forgotten peoples of the respective continents rise and begin to reclaim their ancient heritage, they will discover the meaning of the lands of their ancestors. I wish I would finished it before the class ended; it would have given me much more to discuss.


His writing is engaging; I can feel his passion radiating through every phrase. America loves Indians, Deloria points out, so long as they adhere to the ways of the picturesque past.

What I had hoped was a thorough perspective of Native American religion was more of a political platform for the author.

Oct 05, Katherine rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: My library Help Advanced Book Search. But even Rev has roots – roots that Deloria goes into – and these are just as valid as the roots of Native American tribal relgions and I don’t think they’re based on ancient astronauts.

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

Deloria encourages critical dialogue with thought provoking alternative theories to many timely religious topics and debates which are more relevant today than ever.

Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. Finally finished skimmed through the last pagesnot as impressed as I thought I would be. He believes that a return by Native Americans to their indigenous belief systems will help bring communities back together and work to heal some problems.

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

However, it read much more as an criticism of Christianity, which is fine, except that was not the book I was hoping for. If you are a law student, Native American American Indian Studies Major, or highly political, you should read this book. It’s also quite dated in its analysis of modern culture: There are some major flaws in the book, though. Basically, Humphry’s Peak is the central altar for the Hopi and a sacred place for 13 tribes in goc Southwest.


He thinks that liberal Christian reading of these events as non-historical and metaphorical is part of Christianities problem.

He was widely known for his book Custer Died for Your Sins: Book titles OR Journal titles. In a world where we are told that we need to listen to the shrill, self-serving tripe of “Creationists” demanding that we teach “Intelligent Design”, this book presents, what may be fundamentally similar view An important book, especially for anyone who likes to rock-climb or got four-wheeling.

This will be appreciated by future generations when U. Jan 13, Adam82 rated it liked it. Appreciate the alternative perspective Vine Deloria presents in this important work.

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Even the edition was well ahead of mainstream society in foreseeing ecological catastrophe, the destination of our runaway train.