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
Is there a "uniquely gay
The purpose of homosexuality
The Reincarnation of Edward
The Gay Succession
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
The Holy Spirit as Third Person of the Trinity
idea in the Christian mythos of the Holy Spirit as the Third Person of
the Blessed Trinity is an excellent example of how doctrine and myth
change AND of how a new transformation of the idea of "God" is
happening in modern times.
In America in the 1950s,
before the sea change in human life referred to as "The Sixties," the
Blessed Trinity--invoked each time a Catholic made the Sign of the
Cross in the ritualistic/superstitious act of calling upon God for
grace and help--was "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost."
The Father was clearly the
white-bearded Old Man who reached out to instill life in Adam on the
ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. The Son was the
historical personage of Jesus of Nazareth, called the Christ, i.e., the
"annointed One," the "World Savior," whose life and death is the
central Christian motif told about in the Gospels. And the Holy Ghost
was an invisible presence, symbolized by a Dove.
This Dove descended on a
lightbeam to enter the womb of the Virgin Mary to conceive the child
The Dove rained down tongues of flame onto the heads of the
Apostles to inspire them to preach the Good News Jesus brought that
human beings should love one another--and that love, not obedience to
Law and taboo, is the key to experiencing the Kingdom of Heaven. And
this on Pentecost, fifty days after Jesus's Resurrection from the dead
and conquest of crucifixion, one of the most heinous forms of execution
ever devised by man. The Dove, in stained glass, hovers over the high
altar in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, portending Divine Providence.
The Doctrine of the
Blessed Trinity, as explained by Sts Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, is
that in the Beginning, before time, God the First Person knew Himself
and spoke the Word, which generated the Son, the Second Person. The
First and Second Persons loved one another, and that love proceeded
from them together,* as the Third Person. It is like the human family
(albeit all queerly male) in which the father loves the mother and
their love--and passion--gives birth to a son or daughter. The
heterosexual family is the model for the dynamics of the Three Persons
in One God.
So-called Orthodox Christians (Coptic, Greek, Russian, etc.) who have a
different political structure for the Church, i.e., without a central
and infallible head (Pope) consisting of Bishops who pass their
ordination and consecration directly from one generation to another in
a line from Jesus known as Apostolic succession, officially disagree
with the notion that the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and
the Son. They prefer a more linear procession, with the Father
generating the Son and the Son loving the Father and generating the
Spirit. (Like their Bishops in a nicely orderly procession that doesn't
require involving the original begetter again…)
With the liturgical reform
of the late 50s and the "defenestration" of the Church after the Second
Vatican Council of Pope John XXIII, the odd Old English word "ghost"
for spiritual being, was changed to the Latin and more serious sounding
word "spirit," so that the Dove became the Holy Spirit.
Unlike the Father and the
Son who are anthropormorphized into persons with likes and dislikes,
even jealousies, and with, in the case of Jesus, a physical human body
and a Mystical Body consisting of all human beings who have the
presence of sanctifying grace in their souls, the Holy Spirit is
totally non-physical and non-personal.
The Holy Spirit is
that sanctifying grace--the "amazing grace" that transforms human
lives. The Holy Spirit is Love, the feeling and interior sentiment of
care and nurturing and deep desire for union.
Unlike the Father and the
Son, the Holy Spirit is symbolical.
In the Old Testament,
pre-Christian Hebrew/Jewish mythos, the Creator God--YHWH--gave forth a
radiance called the Shekinah. That was the first appearance of the
image of the Third Person of the Trinity. In Kaballah tradition, the
Shekinah is the Spouse of Yahweh, God's wife. In later Hebrew writings
that form the Old Testament's prophetic and poetic period, God's
partner in creation is called Sophia, wisdom. That's the second
appearance of the Third Person, as the idea and plan God had in His
mind when He spoke the Word of creation.
In the heavily
Gnostic-influenced, Gospel of St John, the Word coexists from the
Beginning with God and is God. And that Word becomes flesh, in the womb
of the Virgin Mary, as the man Jesus who came to walk among men in
Palestine at (and as) the beginning of the Common Era.
The "Word" is Wisdom
expressed. It's an idea, a meme, a myth.
That we can write about
the doctrine of the Trinity and observe the changes--from radiance to
wisdom to ghost to spirit--is a sign of the modern ability to
understand religious doctrine and mytholgical tradition from over and
It is this ability and
higher perspective that constitutes what, I think, Joseph Campbell
would call "the new myth."
Our modern idea of "God"
is changing from a personal being with beard and flowing robes to the
Universal, Cosmic process that "began" with the Big Bang and proceeds
to evolve into stars and planets, and then into Life and then into
Intelligence and reflexive self-awareness that can observe the process.
With the modern
discoveries of deep time, the billions of galaxies of the universe
outside the solar system, the evolution of life and the complexity of
the human mind--symbolized, by the way, in the human persons and
personalities of Einstein, Hubbell, Darwin and Freud (and Jung, of
course), our idea of God has to change.
He can't be seen as an old
man sitting atop Mt Sinai or Mt Olympus or Jesus reigning from Heaven
Above. What fascinates and inspires human beings today is not imaginary
personalities hovering our us (we consider such "delusions" as mental
illness), but rather our awareness of ourselves as conscious beings.
Consciousness itself is
the new image for that mystery about which life and meaning revolves.
This shift in the meaning
of God from "person" to symbol is beautifully expressed in the
transformations of the Third Person of the Trinity.
Using the age-old image of
the Dove, we might say that the Holy Ghost is moulting, putting on a
new coat of feathers, a new manifestation.
The Doctrine--which, of
course, I am making up right here--of the Moulting of the Holy Ghost is
the "new myth" that religion and myth have been clues to the Deeper
Consciousness of which human, individual, life is an experience of.
Joseph Campbell called this "a prodgious transfer of the focal point of
(I think Campbell belongs in that list with Einstein, Hubbell, Darwin,
Freud and Jung.)
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