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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That is not to say that Deloria believes that the entire concept of the Christian doctrine is pointless and that the Indian way is the only way. I don’t think this book would be an enjoyable read for anyone who follows a strong Christian belief system.

I don’t know enough about the breadth of Native religions to provide an accurate commentary, but considering the hundreds of tribes that existed I wouldn’t be surprised if it were possible to find counterpoints to all of Deloria’s points just by looking hard enough even if the general shape of his arguments is correct.

Unique religions emerged in each tribal homeland, fine-tuned to its landscape, ecology, and climate. Some years ago when Dr.

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 than I had. While I feel this is an important subject, circular and flawed logic is not the best way to examine it. What a refreshing view!

Yet their knowledge about Jesus, his times, and the early church is nearly nil. Dec 09, Shash rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: These strange arguments cheapened the genuinely excellent points that Deloria made elsewhere in the book.

From —, he had served as executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, increasing tribal membership from 19 to 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.

Refresh and try again. The future of humankind lies waiting for those who will come to understand their lives and take up their responsibilities to all living things. In their religion there is no concept of “the fall,” so the whole of creation was good and everything had to work together for the good of all. Deloria does an excellent job of stepping back and saying, hey wait, we can’t explain our beliefs without you first letting go of your paradigm for religion and understanding that ours functions in a fundamentally different way.


Plenty of Christians are concerned with daily practice, plenty of Christians manage to maintain their religion while treating its claims as metaphors, and Deloria himself mentions that modern Native Americans with a more Western worldview are concerned about the scientific truth behind the claims of their ancestral religions. Great explanation of native American spirituality, how they believe you cannot have a religion without a shared Deloris writes, “There is no discernible reason for primitive or tribal peoples to abandon their ceremonial life and spend their time trying to arrive at a clear description of a deity and its several powers.

God Is Red: A Native View of Religion Summary & Study Guide

Very long story, but if you try to understand the Indigenous worldview, the move by the US Gov’t and the Snowbowl is a huge blow to native culture. His father rose to an executive position in the Episcopal Church. Trouble is, white people don’t listen. 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. Return to Book Page.

He argues that this greatly affects the ethical and moral behavior of the believers; Native American beliefs are more directed towards community, place, and current needs, while the rest of us are more directed towards moral codes that we usually don’t feel a need to follow very closely.

This book certainly had its flaws, the most annoying being horrendous editing. All members of the tribe had deep roots in the homeland, and all shared the same worldview.

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

First published inVine Deloria Jr. They never learned to listen to the Indians, so I don’t suppose delorja listen to other voices in nature. Tribal Religions and Contemporary American Culture. If you are a law student, Native American American Indian Studies Major, or highly political, you should read this book.


The same way the ground says, It was from me man was made. An important book, especially for anyone who likes to rock-climb or got four-wheeling. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

God Is Red: A Native View of Religion

It’s a sweeping book that covers many of Deloria’s clear grievances with Christianity and non-tribal, monotheistic religions in general. But even still, claiming that indigenous tribal beliefs are the way of the future was something I still had to roll my eyes at.

Nothing ever dies, merely transitions into the next phase. Order our God Is Red: Selected pages Title Page. I started reading this book while taking a comparative religions class. I put this on the back burner, as it’s not exactly “read for 10 minutes before bed” material, but it has given me many new things to think about. God is Red fascinated me.

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? This was the first step on the path to becoming a multinational religion, the one and only absolute truth for everyone, in every place, for all eternity.

True believers waited for the return of the Messiah for years, then decades, then centuries. I only gave the book two stars for two reasons. Jun 22, Rachel Jackson rated it liked it. Whereas Christianity may have made sense in a Near Eastern landscape, it has escaped its land and its ethnicity. Oct 18, Sarah Beaudoin rated it liked it. Browse all BookRags Study Guides.

It is obvious that the author finds many of the traditions and beliefs in the Christian doctrine to be groundless and often absurd.