13 November 2012

Indian Religion vs. Christian Religion: An Anthropological Description

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen, 1995, Excerpts

Native Americans: Believed that nature was filled with spirits. Each form of life, such as plants and animals, had a spirit. Earth and air held spirits too. People were never alone. They shared their lives with the spirits of nature.

Christians: Believed that one great male god ruled the world. Sometimes they divided him into three parts, which they called father, son, and Holy Ghost. They ate crackers and wine or grape juice, believing that they were eating the son’s body and drinking his blood. If they believed strongly enough, they would live on forever after they die.

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