Next up: Lies My Teacher Told Me.

So this is a book i've had for a while, finally picked it up again where i left off, loved this quote/comparison:

Consider how textbooks treat Native religions as a unitary whole. "The American Way" describes Native American religion in these words:

"These 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."

Stated flatly like this, the beliefs seem like make-believe, not the sophisticated theology of a higher civilization. Let us try a similarly succinct summary of the beliefs of many Christians today.

These Americans 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 died.

Textbooks never describe Christianity this way. It's offensive.

Great book....i think it is too bad that history is written by the victors. We learn less that way. I want to know all of the terrible things that people have done....to learn from mistakes and also to realize that flawed people can make something great, like the United States.


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