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: 128,240
  • 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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    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.

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