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Book Title: God Is Red: A Native View of Religion|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.31 MB
v The author of the book: Vine Deloria Jr.
Edition: Fulcrum Publishing
Date of issue: September 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9781555914981
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Read full description of the books God Is Red: A Native View of Religion:Oh dear... 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. Deloria combines a disdainful and incredibly superficial "analysis" of Christianity, compressing 2,000 years of human religious thought into a handful of shameful or embarrassing anecdotes, with a rosy and almost equally superficial "analysis" of Native religion. He confuses concepts, refuses to define his terms, and resorts to outlandish fad science from the '70s to back up claims that perhaps the world is different than Western mainstream thought interprets it (ancient astronauts?? really??) He berates modern white people for "idealizing" Native Americans and in the very next chapter makes statements like, "The Indian does not fear death." In some chapters he seems to include all American indigenous peoples in his scope (i.e. including Central and South America), but in one chapter in particular he ridicules the Near Eastern god as being a belligerent egotistical man demanding absolute worship and blood sacrifice, as opposed to Indian religion, by which I assume he's excepting the Maya and Aztec et al. or else that contrast doesn't make sense.
He does make some excellent and quite incisive points about modern American culture and our relationship to the environment, but those good points are sparse among silly insults, willfully flimsy analysis, and even outright falsehoods (i.e. the Ancient Egyptians didn't care about immortality, that's just a modern Western interpretation...huh?)
This book has been a to-read for a while, and boy am I glad that's over with.
Read information about the authorVine Victor Deloria, Jr. was an American Indian author, theologian, historian, and activist. He was widely known for his book Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto (1969), which helped generate national attention to Native American issues in the same year as the Alcatraz-Red Power Movement. From 1964–1967, he had served as executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, increasing tribal membership from 19 to 156. Beginning in 1977, he was a board member of the National Museum of the American Indian, which now has buildings in both New York City and Washington, DC.
Deloria began his academic career in 1970 at Western Washington State College at Bellingham, Washington. He became Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona (1978–1990), where he established the first master's degree program in American Indian Studies in the United States. After ten years at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he returned to Arizona and taught at the School of Law.
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