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. 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.” In “God is Red” (1973), Deloria took the position of deliverance-through-Indian-ways, arguing that American Indian spiritual traditions, far from being dated, were in fact more in tune with the needs of the modern world than Christianity, which Mr. Deloria said fostered imperialism and disregard for the planet’s ecology. This is the 30th anniversary edition of this flagship book on Native American spirituality.
About the Author: Vine Deloria Jr. was born in 1933 in Martin, South Dakota and passed away in 2005. He was a well-respected American Indian author, theologian, historian, and activist. He obtained a Master of Theology degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Rock Island, Illinois in 1963 and a J.D. from the University of Colorado in 1970. He was one of the most outspoken figures in Indian affairs. He wrote over 20 books about the Native American experience and his works promoted Native American cultural nationalism and a greater understanding of Native American history and philosophy. Mr. Deloria often said he was writing for Indian audiences most of all, hoping, he said, to instill belief in a culture had been shattered by history, and by deliberate government policy. Vine Deloria was named by Time magazine as one of the greatest religious thinkers of the twentieth century.