has three new books out: an updated, revised and expanded edition of
classic soft sci fi romance novel
SECRET MATTER -- with its quirky and mystical spin on what it means to be gay. Click on the title for info.
An historical novel, written in collaboration with historian/anthropologist Walter L. Williams,
set in the Old West TWO SPIRITS: A Story of Life With the Navajo. And a collection of gay positive stories
contributed by more than 30 writers titled CHARMED LIVES.
Table of Contents
Also on this website:
Toby Johnson's books:
THE FOURTH QUILL, a novel about attitudinal healing and the problem of evil
TWO SPIRITS: A Story of Life with the
Navajo, a collaboration with Walter L. Williams
GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The
Dimensional Structure of
Funny Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San Francisco"
You're Not A Wave
What is Enlightenment?
What is reincarnation?
Emptiness & Religious Ideas
Experiencing experiencing experiencing
Going into the Light
Meditations for a Funeral
The way to get to heaven
Advice to Travelers to India & Nepal
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
Be Done on Earth by Howard E. Cook
Pay Me What I'm Worth by Souldancer
The Way Out by Christopher L Nutter
The Gay Disciple by John Henson
Art That Dares by Kittredge Cherry
Coming Out, Coming Home by Kennth A. Burr
Extinguishing the Light by B. Alan Bougeois
Over Coffee: A conversation For Gay Partnership & Conservative Faith by D.a. Thompson
Dark Knowledge by Kenneth Low
Janet Planet by Eleanor Lerman
The Kairos by Paul E. Hartman
Wrestling with Jesus by D.K.Maylor
Kali Rising by Rudolph Ballentine
The Missing Myth by Gilles Herrada
The Secret of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook
The Scar Letters: A Novel by Richard Alther
Immanuel Kant was the famous philosopher who proposed the radical distinction between what we human know (the phenomena) and what is "actually" out there (the noumena).
Of course, my proposal that John Boswell was a reincarnation of Immanuel Kant is whimsical. Reincarnation itself is a myth/metaphor for the fct that people's lives in the present are affected by the lives of people who've lived before.
But don't these two images even look sort of alike.
Don't Kant and Boswell have the same eyes and cheeks?
I think Kant would be quite pleased to be remembered as a lookalike for the attractive gay thinker of our age.
I got fascinated with Kantian thought in college--the best paper I ever wrote argued a parallel between the Kant's "categories" and C.G. Jung's "archetypes."
Immanuel Kant was apparently a homosexual. He was a short little blond man with curly hair and babyface who was very popular for the dinner parties he held. He never married and had no family. There's a story of how he got quite jealous and angry at a friend of his who stole a young man away from him who'd been brought to see him on a "blind date."
Noumenon and Phenomenon
I've come to understand that the distinction Kant is most famous for between noumenon and phenomenon is, in fact, an intellectualization/metaphysicalization of the distinction homosexuals experience between the gay world and the straight world. That is, a closeted homosexual (as Immanuel Kant as a college professor in 18th C Germany would have naturally been) experiences a huge difference between the world as other people say it is and the way he experiences it; there is a "secret reality" he knows about that the others do not.
The distinction between the "normal world" and the "secret reality" is a perfect parallel to the distinction between phenomenon and noumenon.
The phenomenal world is what everybody experiences, the world as it is resolved in the human mind and that everybody agrees on (with, at least, a "working definition"). The noumenal world is what "really exists" out-there, beyond the filtered perceptions of the human sensory apparatus, i.e., what "God" experiences. (And indeed Kant proposes there has to be a God -- for categorical reasons -- to appreciate that the right and the good are consistent with the noumenal reality.)
A HUGE part of gay consciousness is the realization that we experience the world differently from "normal" people; we see things others don't; we know "what's really going on" (at least with regard to a hidden current of homosexual motivation--and activity--that pervades human culture and history unbeknownst to most people).
Toby Johnson, PhD is author of 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 CAMPBELL.
Johnson's Lammy Award winning book GAY 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.