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August 08, 2011


Toby Johnson

A wonderful article by Joe Perez. Thank you for sharing important insights into what we might call the myth of Oscar Wilde.

I struck by a minor point: that Wilde could have fled to Europe and avoided prosecution. In that decision, he became Socrates, accepting the hemlock rather than leaving Athens, and Jesus, not coming down from the cross.

I love Perez's idea that Wilde calls us to see the sacral in faithlessness. In that way of irony and wit that characterizes one face of the Oscar Wilde myth, faithlessness is being faithful to the deep meaning of religion.

To quote Meister Eckhart (again): I pray God to be rid of God for the sake of God. In his own irony and wit, Eckhart pointed out that God doesn't believe in God, and so to be like God we too should not believe in God.

As Joe Perez concludes, we find the Universal Spirit in this our lives right now, just the way it is.


Thank you for the link to Critchley's article; I found it fascinating. It opened up new avenues of appreciation for Wilde's conversion for me, which is something I've often found puzzling about his life.

I'm a heterosexual male, but one of my goals is to promote spiritual and social liberation for all people, including helping my fellow Christians get past seeing gay-related items as an "issue." In particular, I blog about male spirituality. I hope to help men find a healthy masculinity that reflects the image of God in men, but without defining "manhood" in a way that denigrates women or men who are gay, bisexual, transgendered, and so on. It's sort of the anti-Mark Driscoll, if you will.

I will certainly recommend this site to all my friends who are concerned about gay spirituality and related matters.

Peace to you.


This is the Oscar Wilde held up for admiration in today's gay community, but it is not the only side to the Irish writer and poet, nor the side most important to reclaim for all people today -- gay and non-gay. Wilde's unconventional appropriation of Christianity is a model worthy of a fresh look.


thank you for post

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