God Is Red: A Native View of Religion, 30th Anniversary Edition

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First published in 1972, 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, this classic work reminds us to learn "that we are a part of nature, not a transcendent species with no repsponsibilities to the natural world." It is time again to listen to Vine Deloria Jr.'s powerful voice, telling us about religious life that is independent from Christianity and ...

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Overview

First published in 1972, 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, this classic work reminds us to learn "that we are a part of nature, not a transcendent species with no repsponsibilities to the natural world." It is time again to listen to Vine Deloria Jr.'s powerful voice, telling us about religious life that is independent from Christianity and that reveres the interconnectedness of all living things.

Vine's books influenced our generation and are as important to United States culural history as are books by Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe. This will be appreciated by future generations when U.S. history ceases to be fabricated for the glory of the white man. 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. Clearly, this weakness of the United States has only worsened in recent years, with wars against former allies Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein, and Osama Bin Laden...God is Red should be read and re–read by Americans who want to understand why the United States keeps losing the peace, war after war. — from the forward by Leslie Marmon Silko, author of Ceremony.

Deloria, a prominent Native American educator, lawyer, and philosopher, has updated his classic work on native religion. In God is Red Deloria argues convincingly that Christianity has failed today's society, and describes basic tenets that underlie Native religions. His other works include Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties and Custer Died for Your Sins.

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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

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555914981
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/9/2003
  • Edition description: 30th Anniversary
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 237,158
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Named by Time magazine one of the greatest religious thinkers of the twentieth century, 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 author of many acclaimed books, including Evolution, Creationism, and Other Modern Myths; Red Earth, White Lies; Spirit & Reason; and Custer Died for Your Sins.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Foreword
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Indian movement 1
Ch. 2 The Indians of the American imagination 23
Ch. 3 The religious challenge 45
Ch. 4 Thinking in time and space 61
Ch. 5 The problem of creation 77
Ch. 6 The concept of history 97
Ch. 7 The spatial problem of history 113
Ch. 8 Origin of religion 133
Ch. 9 Natural and hybrid peoples 149
Ch. 10 Death and religion 165
Ch. 11 Human personality 185
Ch. 12 The group 203
Ch. 13 Christianity and contemporary American culture 219
Ch. 14 Tribal religions and contemporary American culture 237
Ch. 15 The aboriginal world and Christian history 257
Ch. 16 Sacred places and moral responsibility 271
Ch. 17 Religion today 287
Appendices 297
Bibliography 307
Index 313
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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    The best book on religion ever written!!!!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2008

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    This is a great book for anyone wanting to know more about Native American Spirituality. This is great for someone who wants to see treatment of Native Americans their eyes from our government, who claim they have done everything in the name of peace and equality.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    One other races to be mentioned

    The antex rangers usualy carry silver swords they live in group d hve dragons for pets there is only one red sword and ranger has it. And heis claimed. They carry daggers bow and arrows and more combat weapons. They are the strongest and best fighters and they do not make friend s well and they move around a lot and raid. Make friends with them you wil survive if not well your on your own. Few of them are mortle their leader is ranger he is claimed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Info on Races and Map

    Hey Again! Here's some info on each race: <p> TrexGuards: They are beings who wear full body armour that is usually a dark gray or a navy blue. They carry a sword made of the same material as their armour and are experts at hand to hand combat fighting. They are a race greedy for power and destructions of clans. They usually marry and have one child. Their leader is Trex, even though all their deceased leaders names were Trex as well. * TrexGuard leader spot is open* <p> Rangers: They wear normal wool clothing with a hood to disguise their identities. They carry a sword branded by elves or men, a quiver of arrows, and a dagger. They are good hand to hand combat and long ranged battles. They tend to move aroud more than any race but they are good at hiding their tracks. Their leader is Aragon, son of Arathorn. * Ranger's leader, Aragon, is taken.* <p> Seits: They are foul creatures who wear nothing but pants made from animal skins or skins of other beings they have killed. The Seits are brutal and are a barbaric race. They kill whenever and eat whatever. They are built a use heavy weapons like axes or clubs. They have tattoos outlining their torsos and back and they have multiple ear piercings. Their leader is Seitraka, son of Seki. * Seitraka is open.* <p> Ioes: They are apelike people who have a brain like Einstein. They are great at figuring out complicated problems or making weapons. They usually do not fight but when they do, they use their test subjects. Their test subjects are beings from other races who habe deformed from experiments. Ioes wear no clothing do to their ape like appearance. They speak very well and quickly. When they lose their temp ,they turn into crazy apes who use their brutal strenght to tear someone apart. Their leader is Io. * spot open for Ioes' leader, Io* <p> Elves: Everyobe knows what an elf is so not much to explain here. They use elven swords and quivers. They are not fond of trexguards and are allianced with familiar rangers and Ioes. Their leader is Eragil. *Eragil's spot is open* <p> Jeru's: They are lizard like creatures who wear armour which is bronze colored on their torso, elbows, and knees. They use spears or jagged swords. They alliance themselves with the Seits when they want to conquer a race. Their leader is Dei. *Dei's spot is up for grabs.* <p> RedSun's: "They are humans with full armor with a red sun tattooed on their back and chest. They are secretive and protective of their cities. They usually use swords with shields or bows and arrows. Their leader is Ceriol * leader spot is open* <p> Map: Res 1: Info on rp. Res 2: Map. Res 3: Bios. Res 4-10: Kingdoms for each race. Res 11: BattkeField. Res 12: Ocean. Res 13: Forest. Res 14: Mountain. Res 15: Cave. Res 16: GraveYard. <p> Next res is Bios!

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