"With provocative insight, impressive breadth of
knowledge, and insuppressible optimism, Gay Spirituality shows
how a guiding vision is the scaffolding of spirituality and then goes
on to construct one for the gay community," says Daniel Helminiak,
author of What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality.
Gay Spirituality argues that religion is undergoing a
dramatic transformation because of the recent recognition of the
metaphorical nature of myth and religion. The rise of gay identity is
an important part of this evolutionary development, both
demonstrating it and helping to bring it about.
Johnson contends there is a certain kind of enlightenment
goes with being gay, a familiarity with being an outsider, a
discovery that if the conventions of society are wrong about
something as basic as sex, they're probably wrong about a lot of
other things as well. Because of homosexual orientation gay men have
an insight into the nature of consciousness. Able to step outside the
assumptions and conventions of culture, gay men see things from a
different point of view and consequently gain insights into our
culture, our traditions, and our metaphysical assumptions.
The follow-up to this book, published by Alyson in 2003, is GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our
Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe
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About the author
Edwin Clark (Toby) Johnson, Ph.D., is a former Catholic monk
and comparative religions scholar turned psychotherapist and gay
activist. He is the author of numerous books, including the
Twilight Zone-like novels Getting
Life in Perspective, The Fourth Quill, Two Spirits
and the Lambda Literary Award-winning novel Secret Matter.
These are profiled on the page tobyjohnson.com/books.html
GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the
Transformation of Human Consciousness can be ordered directly from the author
(autographed & inscribed) or from gay and lesbian bookstores
nationwide, like Giovanni's Room in Philadelphia. Support your
local gay community bookstore. See tobyjohnson.com/books.html
T H E
B U Z Z
"With provocative insight, impressive breadth of knowledge,
insuppressible optimism, Gay Spirituality shows how a guiding
vision is the scaffolding of spirituality and then goes on to
construct one for the gay community. A wonderful contribution.
Vintage Toby Johnson. Whether you agree or disagree, buy all of it or
only a part, if there's an ounce of goodness in you, this book will
make your heart smile--and perhaps help us all take that next step
toward a better world."
Daniel Helminiak, author of What the
Bible Really Says About Homosexuality
"Toby Johnson's book reminds me of the parable about the man
who asks the sea how deep it is. 'That depends,' replies the ocean,
'on how far down you want to go.' Gay Spirituality challenges
the reader with all the right questions, offering an invitation to
plunge into the unknown. With equal measures of erudition and vision,
Johnson takes us where we need to go just when we need it the most.
Gay men seeking to uncover their mysteries will find Gay
Spirituality a source of brilliant intelligence and inspiration."
Mark Thompson, author of Gay Spirit:
Myth and Meaning and Gay Body
Toby Johnson, PhD is
eight books: three non-fiction books that apply the wisdom of his
teacher and "wise old man," Joseph Campbell to modern-day social and
religious problems, three gay genre novels that dramatize spiritual
issues at the heart of gay identity, and two books on gay men's
spiritualities and the mystical experience of homosexuality. In
addition to the novels featured
elsewhere in this web site, Johnson is author of IN SEARCH OF GOD IN
THE SEXUAL UNDERWORLD and THE MYTH OF
THE GREAT SECRET (Revised edition): AN APPRECIATION OF JOSEPH
Johnson's Lammy Award winning book
SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of
Human Consciousness was published in 2000. His Lammy-nominated book GAY
PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature
of God and the Universe was published by Alyson in 2003. Both books are available now from Lethe Press.