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God Is Red: A Native View of Religion

God Is Red: A Native View of Religion

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by Vine Deloria

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First published in 1972, Vine Deloria Jr.'s God Is Red remains the seminal work on Native religious views, asking new questions about our species and our ultimate fate. Celebrating three decades in publication with a special 30th-anniversary edition.


First published in 1972, Vine Deloria Jr.'s God Is Red remains the seminal work on Native religious views, asking new questions about our species and our ultimate fate. Celebrating three decades in publication with a special 30th-anniversary edition.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Deloria, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, offers a revised edition of his 1972 study of Native American religion. (Mar.)

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"Deloria's thinking on the subject of religion has lost none of its rage or relevance...since God is Red was first published. This book is broader than its subtitle suggests. It is a trenchant and often witty critique on non-Native religion through Native eyes." — Awkekon Journal

"Deloria's handling of the contrast between Christianity and the naturalistic religion of the American Indians is rich in perceptiveness." — Choice

"Vine Deloria, Jr. could be one of the most important living Native American writers, and insofar as there can be any hope of human survival in the face of civilization's insane onslaught, one of the most important writers ever to exist." — The Bloomsbury Review

"The flagship book on Native American spirituality remains Vine Deloria's God is Red. He does an outstanding job of translating complex spiritual issues into very simple truths." — Wilma P. Mankiller, Former Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation

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Vine Deloria Jr., was a leading Native American scholar, whose research, writings, and teaching have encompassed history, law, religious studies, and political science. He is the former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians.

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makingsenseofitall More than 1 year ago
Deloria's insight to the foibles of Christianity and organized religions and the desecration of the Native American's life and beliefs will forever change your mind about "organized" religion. When your done getting awakened by this book read "Custer Died For Your Sins" by Vine Deloria Jr.
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Having long been a student of spirituality and religion, I was fascinated in reading Vine Deloria Jr.'s book GOD IS RED. Deloria is a special combination of contrasts: a staunch traditionalist born into the Sioux tribe and a professor of history and religion at the University of Colorado. He is a leading spokesman for the Native American Indian movement, yet has achieved a position of prominence in the "white man's world." GOD IS RED draws the sharp distinction that exists between the western views of history and space (i.e. land) with the tradional Indian views. Deloria shows how the western perspective stems largely from the tradional Christian concept of a linear view of time and the idea that God has given man dominion over the earth. By contrast, the American Indian views time as cyclical in nature and that the earth is a sacred place which man must share with all the rest of creation. Traditional Christians emphasize man as a separate creation from the rest of the world while American Indians see man as an indivisible part of all there is. Deloria argues that the Indian view is more rational, especially in light of the bloody religious history of western civilization as well as the ecological crisis the world is facing. He says that the way we regard history and the use of land is ultimately an expression of our views of spirituality and religion. Deloria challenges Christians to take a good, hard look at the political and ecological consequences their faith has brought upon themselves and their world. Why is this book entitled GOD IS RED? You need to read it from cover to cover to get the answer. Anyone interested in American Indian religion, especially in how it relates to modern society, will benefit from reading Deloria's fine work.
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