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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There are some major flaws in the book, though. We need to have a relationship with the world around us.

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

Christianity’s claim to apply to all people of all times makes its practitioners have an extremely difficult time understanding how other people can be tied to the land to the extent that, say, they’re willing to turn down a large amount of money because they’d rather keep their land even when a lot of them are desperately poor, as happened with Blue Lake and the Taos Pueblo.

Salvation for America lies, according to Deloria, not in a collective feeling of guilt for the sins of the past, but in a willingness to learn from Indian religions, whose respect for the land, its animal and plant life, and for its very rocks and soil, can teach the majority of Americans how to save themselves from the ecological nightmare we have created. For Native Americans, it’s all tied up in culture and daily life.


I probably should have give this 1 star. Feb 21, Brian rated gox liked it Shelves: Deloria drives it home that Western Culture is basically secularized Christianity. 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.

If Roberts had believed what he had preached, the thought of going to his eternal reward should have been welcomed. Still, those who were the strongest, held onto their beliefs and fought for their rights. I really was expecting to hear the native view of God with stories from the various tribes.

I only gave the book two stars for two reasons. Order our God Is Red: Having never attended a seminary, he did not have the opportunity to study Christian history or doctrine and thus had no chance to be led astray by the facts. This study guide contains the following sections: Tribal folks were not amused. May 16, Jody rated it it was ok. Who will listen to the trees, the animals and the birds, the voices of the places of the land?

This scholarly work by Vine Deloria, Jr.

God Is Red: A Native View of Religion

Deloria comes out strong against Christianity, referencing the more common crimes that Christians have committed against indigenous peoples the world over, but especially in North America.


More summaries and resources for teaching or studying God Is Red: In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: While this book took in the history of the Native Americans, even the political movement of the 70s, I will stick with the religious aspects of the book.

His great-grandfather was a medicine man. Limited preview – One of the most compelling subjects tackled in the book is the concept of Creation and the Deity.

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

Winter Apsaroke, photo by Edward Curtis Dec 09, Shash rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Deloria shows how this lack of theology created healthier societies that were able to survive sustainably for long periods of time.

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The Problem of Creation. From inside the book.

Why are we on it? But there were elements that were so far above my head I felt on a completely different level, and there were delorai elements so over-simplified I felt more intelligent than the target audience. I believe Vine Deloria Jr.