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Gay Perspective: Things Our Homosexuality Tells us About the Nature of God and the Universe (White Crane Spirituality Series) Kindle Edition
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In thoughtful, clear language, Johnson presents positive affirmation that the spiritual consciousness that gay people-indeed, all GLBTQ people-are now expressing is a vital and evolutionary step forward for everyone on the planet. No longer need we be trapped in meaningless, dogmatic, fear-based, or male-dominated religious practices. He writes, "It is not a negative, fatalistic, or materialistic secularism our homosexuality reveals to us, but a universe full of mystery, wonder, beauty, and magic" (p. 203). We "outsiders" have the opportunity to rise above that and lead the way for all people to a more loving, accepting, and spiritually fulfilling place.
Early on, Johnson says that gay men may find the book to be more about them than lesbians will.Read more ›
He speaks from an unapologetic bias towards "New Age" thought, spirituality, and politics, which may make some prejudge everything he has to say and can weigh down some otherwise very solid chapters. However, tossing the book aside because of such points would be a mistake because there are worthwhile observations in this book which should be given a fair assessment on their own. You may not agree with everything he says, a point he flat out concedes in the beginning, but I would recommend you give this book a shot.
Gay perspective, Johnson tells us, �is based on three specific aspects of modern homosexual experience: First, we are outsiders and strangers. This status bequeaths � and sometimes forces on us � an ability to view life from a critical perspective.� �Second, most of us tend to embody both masculine and feminine viewpoints and characteristics . Hence we�re able to see both sides of issues and to be both strong and sensitive, both creative and receptive.� Finally, �by transgressing normal sexual and gender roles and by transcending the polarities of male and female, we see beyond the entire array of polarities humanity projects onto nature.� Our existence or experience as queers �demonstrates certain facts about nature�; �causes us to discover certain truth about life and human psychology�; and �teaches us practical lessons about contemporary problems and issues�. In Gay Perspective, Johnson shows us what our gay perspective tells us about life, sex, religion, the Church, God and the world.
Traditional Judaism, Christianity and Islam condemn all who are different, including GLBT people, as threats to all that�s �normal�.Read more ›
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Thank you Toby Johnson for your publications. I have always benefited from reading your books, especially Gay Perspective.Published 2 months ago by Payam Ghassemlou
I have just finished Toby Johnson's "Gay Perspective' and I enjoyed it immensely. I think it would appeal to anyone who has an interest in sexuality, spirituality, religion and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by man36
Waste of time, had some good insight into the gay lifestyle. The title of the book is mis-leading. I question the Authors belief in God and the Holy Trinity all together. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
"Gay Perspective" is a compelling, poetic take on the rising trend in queer theology. Toby Johnson, who edits the White Crane Journal for gay men Two Flutes Playing: A Spiritual... Read morePublished on May 12, 2010 by Amaranth
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