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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By now Vine Deloria needs no introduction. I really was expecting to hear the native view of God with stories from the various tribes. He discusses the differences between Christian beliefs and those vinr native tribal nations, and how their fundamental differences have prevented them from coming to any remote understanding of each other, particular the distinction between time and space when it comes to how religions measure viine, and the focus on the human versus focus on nature.
For one thing, the Native Americans didn’t have a personal God in the same sense as the Christians, nor did they delkria that they needed a personal savior. The future of humankind lies waiting for those who will come to understand their lives and take up their responsibilities to all living things. It’s what they actually do and why.
The book then contrasts tribal religion with that, saying that since tribal religion is focused on the needs of a particular people and isn’t generalizable outside that group, it doesn’t produce the religious animus that Christianity does.
I admit I’ve had some of these thoughts before, but in the modern world it’s harder to talk about ancestral religions without dealing with the modern concept of race, and that leads you to creepy neopagan groups that bristle when black people want to join or the various neo-Nazis that give Asatru a bad name.
He berates modern white people for “idealizing” Native Americans and in the very next gor makes statements like, “The Indian does not fear death. In addition, one of the things that has really struck me is his statement that in this land the USGod is red–ie, the indigenous belief system of all the land that we drive over, build houses, malls, and schools on, and generally foul up is that of its indigenous people.
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He offers an interesting missing deloris and alternative history for all that seek to find the truth. There are three editions of God is Red,spanning a turbulent 30 year era — aim for the newest version.
Humans are simultaneously the crown of creation, superior to all other life on the planet, yet each newborn inherently flawed, via the curse of original sin. However, that point in itself is worth mentioning: There is a section of the book wherein he entertains various, what I call “quasi-scientific” notions to explain the miracles of the scriptural tradition.
My thought is, if you are close to nature and believe in caring for it and for all life on it, you are close enough to God.
God Is Red: A Native View of Religion by Vine Deloria Jr.
Also, Deloria points out that some people are offended by the term “Native American” since anyone born in the U. Because must of the commentary examining Christianity concerned recent events, I am curious if the earlier editions focus more on Native American religion.
I would not hesitate to pick up an earlier edition of this book to see if it more adequately meets my expectations, but I did find this particular edition a disappointment.
Deloria makes some really brilliant, succinct points about Native American religion, Christianity, and the Western world. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
The author doesn’t think Christianity can be this – I think it could. I probably should have give this 1 star. Ged writing is engaging; I can feel his passion radiating through every phrase.
It starts off talking about a difference between religions with a temporal focus, like Christianity’s view of the creation of the world, its doctrine as a series of revealed truths which resonate down to the present day, and its teleological and eschatological focus, and religions with a spacial focus that have a specific land where its practitioners live and specific holy places where the rites are practiced, like the old sacrificial cult of the Temple in pre-exilic Israelite religion–and I’m not just inserting that for egotistical reasons, because Deloria does make a connection that Judaism is one of the few mainstream religions that still has a lot of the characteristics of a tribal religion.
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God Is Red: A Native View of Religion
My library Help Advanced Book Search. But there were elements that were so far above my head I felt on a completely different level, and there were also elements so over-simplified I felt more intelligent than the target audience. He thinks that liberal Christian reading of these events as non-historical and metaphorical is part of Christianities problem.
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 Rde Lake and the Taos Pueblo. Similarly, the earth was only man’s temporary abode, a sort of entryway into the afterlife; what difference if the natural resources were depleted and the land despoiled?
Still, those who were the strongest, held onto their beliefs and fought for their rights. Loggers mowed down vast virgin forests. I especially enjoyed learning about how natives regard other species as a people, with their own methods of communication.