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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This is not to say that is Deloria’s intent, to convert people. But after setting the stage, it veers off and starts talking about Christianity in relation to Native religions, and that’s where my interest really picked up. I probably should have give this 1 star. A Native View of Religion.

G-d Is Red is thought-provoking and dense, but I’m not really sure that it’s that deep. From inside the book. Some of these objections are dealt with, but in the interests of space I’ll just mention that and go on. In seeking an ultimate answer to meaning of existence, that is, in reading God’s mind as early scientists described their work, modern society has foreclosed the possibility if experiencing life in favor of explaining it.

While I feel this is an important subject, circular and flawed logic is not the best way to examine it. When they start to occupy valuable U. Growing numbers led to the birth of a religious institution — the Roman Catholic Church.

I also greatly appreciated the descriptions of Christianity rising out of Judaism and the radically changes depicted by Paul. I agree with the overall thrust of this book, but the “scholarship”, such as it is, to back up the claims is at best shallow and at worst absurd. vlne

God Is Red: A Native View of Religion by Vine Deloria Jr.

Graham addressed a men’s group in England, he compared life to a golf course in which one need only follow the rules to be greeted by the Lord after the game was over. Litagation that is still in the process in some cases. Deloria’s straightforward analysis and assault of American institutions in that book, referencing historical and cultural genocide and blatant racist treatment of indigenous people, was an account that completely floored me.


The book provides important views omitted from the glorious saga of Western civilization. Deloria has some painfully valid points, but he throws the baby out with the bath water along with the tub, shampoo and shower curtain.

Before long, deloriw went bankrupt. He thinks that liberal Christian reading of these events as non-historical and metaphorical is part of Christianities problem. In his words, Christianity can describe ideal behavior but cannot produce it.

Common folks lived under the thumb of elites.

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I don’t deny the horrors that American Christianity has brought upon the First Peoples, but I do resent Deloria’s assumption that Christianity is merely the sum of its worst adherents.

However, it read much more as an criticism of Christianity, which is fine, except that was not the book I was hoping for. I’m referring to Deloria’s excessively long-winded and highly questionable defense of some pretty out-there conspiracy theories. 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.

Thinking in Time and Space. But the strongest section of the book comes when the author gets to his real subject: Don’t fooled by the title. The Indians of the American Imagination. A Native View of Religion: Tribes might war, and they might conquer each other, but they wouldn’t try to impose their own religion on each other because the very idea makes no sense.


Basically, Humphry’s Peak is the central altar for the Hopi and a sacred place for 13 tribes in the Southwest. Honest self reflection is never easy, but for those wanting to delve deeper into sources of impetus to religion, Deloria encourages critical assessment of historical occurrences as they relate to religious expression.

At least if I’m experiencing modern alienation, I can be assured that my neighbors and I are together in our apartness. I can imagine that this book is being used in colleges in their Native American classes, and I believe I would have preferred to have studied this with a professor than to have read it on my own, as I would have learned so much more th This scholarly work by Vine Deloria, Jr.

The Snowbowl wants to use reclaimed wastewater to make snow there for skiing. The missionaries wanted to save heathen souls, and the states wanted to relieve the converts of their valuable resources, exploit their labor, and collect taxes.

Trouble is, white people don’t listen. In short, it deolria failed to save humanity, but has actually contributed to deep flaws within contemporary life. In Heaven, the streets are paved with gold, there are angels with harps, and everyone is healed. From this point forward, it was no longer a community having a common ethnic identity. If Christianity is universal vinr is the true and correct religion, then how come its history is so filled with horrors?

Many do not know the names or faces of most folks in their neighborhood.