Table of Contents
Also on this website:
SPIRITUALITY: The Role of
Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature
of God and the Universe
MATTER: updated, revised & expanded edition from Lethe Press
with Afterword by Mark Jordan
LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE: A romance novel set in the 1980s and the 1890s.
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
CHARMED LIVES: Spinning Straw into
Gold: Reclaiming Our Queer Spirituality Through Story
A NOVEL ABOUT HEALING.
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Crane Gay Spirituality Series
Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The
Dimensional Structure of
Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San
Simple Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate
Why gay people should NOT Marry
Wedding Cake Liberation
Gay Marriage in Texas
Shame on the American People
The "highest form of love"
Second March on
Bifurcation of Gay Spirituality
cause of homosexuality
origins of homophobia
about Jungian ideas in gay consciousness
What is homosexuality?
is Gay Spirituality?
What Jesus said about Gay
Common Experiences Unique to Gay
The purpose of homosexuality
Interview on the Nature of
What the Bible Says about
Mesosexual Ideal for Straight Men
of Gay Spirituality
of Gay Liberation Activity
Why Gay Spirituality: Spirituality
as Artistic Medium
Easton Mountain Retreat Center
Andrew Harvey &
Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and
the "Statement of Spirituality"
"It's Always About You"
The myth of the
Joseph Campbell's description of
Avalokiteshvara at the Baths.
Not A Wave
What is Enlightenment?
What is reincarnation?
How many lifetimes in an ego?
Emptiness & Religious Ideas
Experiencing experiencing experiencing
Going into the Light
Meditations for a Funeral
The way to get to heaven
Buddha's father was right
Advice to Travelers to India
The Danda Nata
& goddess Kalika
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
The Two Loves
Toby Johnson Believes
The Joseph Campbell Connection
Campbell & The Pre/Trans Fallacy
The Nature of Religion
What's true about
Gay is a Blessing
Drawing Long Straws
Gay Spiritual Functions
The subtle workings of the spirit in gay men's lives.
The Sinfulness of
for a study of gay nondualism
"The Evolution of Gay Identity"
"St. John of the
Dark Night of the Soul."
Let Me Tell You a Secret
Religious Articulations of the
The Collective Unconscious
Driving as Spiritual Practice
Step in Evolution
The Moulting of the Holy Ghost
is a Bodhisattva
The Hero's Journey as archetype
Immaculate Conception & Assumption
Prostitution and the Nature of Evil
Hu: "God is present here"
The Life is in the Blood
retirement and the "freelance monastery"
Seeing with Different Eyes
experience at the Servites' Castle in Riverside
Great Dance according to C.S.Lewis
The Techniques Of The World Saviors
Part 1: Brer Rabbit and the
Part 2: The
Part 3: Jesus
and the Resurrection
Part 4: A
Course in Miracles
Secret of the Clear Light
Understanding the Clear Light
Souls Get Reincarnated
In honor of Sir Arthur C Clarke
Karellen was a homosexual
About Alien Abduction
are you looking for in a gay science fiction novel?
about Gay Mental Health
Ideas for gay
Kip and Toby,
and nicknamesake Toby Marotta.
Harry Hay, Founder of the gay movement
About Hay and The New Myth
About Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, the first
man to really "come out"
Michael Talbot, gay mystic
About Fr. Bernard Lynch
About Richard Baltzell
About Guy Mannheimer
About David Weyrauch
About Dennis Paddie
About Ask the Fire
About Arthur Evans
About Christopher Larkin
About Sterling Houston
About Michael Stevens
Our friend Tom Nash
Be Done on Earth
by Howard E. Cook
Pay Me What I'm Worth by
The Way Out by Christopher
The Gay Disciple by John Henson
Art That Dares by Kittredge Cherry
Coming Out, Coming Home by Kennth
the Light by B. Alan Bourgeois
Over Coffee: A conversation For Gay
Partnership & Conservative Faith by D.a. Thompson
Dark Knowledge by
Janet Planet by Eleanor
Kairos by Paul E. Hartman
with Jesus by D.K.Maylor
Kali Rising by Rudolph
Missing Myth by Gilles Herrada
Secret of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook
The Scar Letters: A Novel
by Richard Alther
Future is Queer by Labonte & Schimel
by Charlene Spretnak
Spirituality 101 by Joe Perez
Cut Hand: A
Nineteeth Century Love Story on the American Frontier by Mark Wildyr
by Eleanor Lerman
Rizzoli by Felice Picano
to Unlocking the Closet Door by Chelsea Griffo
The Door of the
Heart by Diana Finfrock Farrar
by David Duncan
and Demion by Mel White
Gay Men and The New Way Forward by Raymond L.
Dimensional Stucture of Consciousness by Samuel Avery
Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love by Perry Brass
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).
was probably what we today
would call a gay man. Despite being
famous for being rather strict, he was quite
popular and even
for throwing wonderful dinner parties and entertaining with his
stories. (See Thomas de Quincey's Last Days of Immanuel Kant
descriptions of Kant's personal life--and enjoyment of the attentions
of young men. De Quincey's "novella" is an English translation of
reminiscences of Kant's life told by his friend Ehregott Andreas
Wasianski. For info about de Quincey's book, see this interesting essay
by Justin Erik Halldor Smith called Immanuel Kant and His Man-Servant Lampe. Smith does not go as far as I do in suggesting a homosexual subtext to all this.)
Central to Kant's story is his relationship with his long time
man-servant Lampe. About two years before Kant's death there was some
sort of breakup and Kant declared he would never say the man's name
again. That was the beginning of his decline into death. In his will,
he left Lampe a comfortable pension.
There's a joke that he gave a lecture to an empty room
because his students had questioned whether he would--out of "duty" to
the categorical imperative--so they played a prank on him by cutting
class. His answer to the prank was to give the lecture. But
really the categorical imperative would not require that.
was a Yale University professor who did extensive research into the
homosexuality and the Catholic Church. One of his great
conclusions was that the condemnations of homosexuality in Christendom
DID NOT come from Jesus, St Paul or the early Church, but developed
following the Black Plague in Europe. The Church used homosexuals as
scapegoats for the plagues while simultaneously (and importantly)
motivating people to engage in reproductive sex in order to repopulate
He is known, therefore, for making a distinction
between what we think
Christianity teaches and what it "really" is.
John Boswell, tragically, died
young of AIDS. On the back cover of his most important book, Christianity, Social Tolerance and
Homosexuality, the above photo of him appears.
course, my proposal
that John Boswell was a reincarnation of
Immanuel Kant is whimsical. Reincarnation itself is a myth/metaphor for
the fact that people's lives in the present are affected by the lives of
people who've lived before.
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
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).