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God Is Red: A Native View of Religionby Vine Jr Deloria
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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 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.
Book News Annotation:
First published in 1972 during a resurgence in Native American activism, this work critiqued the Western spiritual worldview and its effect on Native Americans and the society as a whole, promoting an alternative Indian conception of religion (most succinctly summed up by the bumper sticker seen on Indian reservations, reading "Hey—God is Red—She isn't dead."). The author argues throughout that religious beliefs can't be separated from history and relates Christian doctrine to historical events from its origins in the Middle East to the American war in Vietnam.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The seminal work on Native religious views, asking questions about our species and our ultimate fate.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-311) and index.
First published in 1972, God Is Redremains the seminal work on Native religious views, asking new questions about our species and our ultimate fate. This best-selling classic reminds us to learn "that we are a part of nature, not a transcendent species with no responsibilities to the natural world."
About the Author
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 former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians.
Table of Contents
The Indian movement — The Indians of the American imagination — The religious challenge — Thinking in time and space — The problem of creation — The concept of history — The spatial problem of history — Origin of religion — Natural and hybrid peoples — Death and religion — Human personality — The group — Christianity and contemporary American culture — Tribal religions and contemporary American culture — The aboriginal world and Christian history — Sacred places and moral responsibility — Religion today.
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