Thursday, March 22, 2007

God is Red?


more later.


Scott Starr said...

I have read several of the books mentioned in the post link provided. I am a member of the First Nations of the Americas and a Christian. I want to, suggest another book besides these. Check out "For This Land- Writings on Religion in America"- by Vine DeLoria, Jr.

This is a collection of essays by DeLoria. There are some very salient points made in this book.
See HERE for a blog post on the topic here at Geotheology.

Ultimately, I give George Tinker the nod for my all time favorite writer in this niche. It is also worth mentioning that Tinker has remained a Christian like myself and has worked through and continues to work through the issues and implications of the American Indian experience in America and the theological landscape.

I would love to have a dialog about some of this and also share some of my own testimony.

Scott Starr said...

I want to state plainly and unequivocally here that the whole thing about the environmental concern and ecology is not just about "tree- hugging" and the poor little fuzzy animals. Its about morality. Its about loving your neighbor and taking care of that which God has given us commands and responsibilities to tend. That is the meaning of dominion- not domination- caretaking. In the American Indian worldview it is often stated that they do not see themselves as superior to creation- the ecosystems and creatures and networks that God has put on this planet to sustain, feed, nurture and give purpose and meaning to us as humans as well. They see humans as part of the whole. This may grate upon the ears of certain modern Christian understandings- but at the heart of that worldview it is synonymous with the Biblical concept of stewardship and care for one's neighbor. In fact we as humans are a vital part of the whole because we are designed to be the tenders of the garden- stewards, caretakers and protectors of the whole. Too many times Christians see this world as not their home, as a temporary, disposable testing ground for certifying their right to get to Heaven. Listen, even if this world will eventually be burned up at the conclusion of God's purpose for it- in no way are we relieved of our responsibility to take care of it now while we are still here. In fact, how we do that is one of the major things we will be judged on- how we play the role god designed us for- as stewards of his garden and caretakers of the poor, sick and downtrodden. I am really disheartened and confused that people don't see that clearly.

The real enemy of man has been very effective at steering people away from the truth and things that really matter about our existence."


*Selah ( Hebrew: סלה) meaning "pause, reflection" or "pause, and calmly think on that", within the context of a prayer or psalms, is similar in purpose to Amen in that it stresses the importance of the preceding passage.

Scott Starr said...

Click HERE for more on The Meaning of Genesis

John Shuck said...


Sorry I have not posted earlier. Thanks for linking to my blog and for commenting on mine. I would like to talk about this further and would much enjoy hearing (reading) your testimony.