Obituary of John V. Taylor

I have been reading around Process Theology again, and once more I’m struck by the power and vision of John Taylor’s The Go-Between God. This led me on to reading his obituary for the first time. It’s here. Here’s a taster:

John Taylor, who has died aged 86, was Bishop of Winchester between 1975 and 1985, chairman of the Church of England Doctrine Commission from 1978 until 1985, and one of the great missionaries of his generation. Convinced that Christians should leave their church boundaries to listen and think much harder, he pleaded with a startled General Synod to “go into no man’s land, for the strange meeting, as Wilfred Owen would have described it”.Taylor’s God was cosmic and also worshipped by non-Christians. He felt that there were many, like the novelist George Eliot, who saw that God was to be experienced outside the church.

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3 Responses to “Obituary of John V. Taylor”

  1. Shirley Johnson Says:

    Dear Tom:

    You may also like a book called, Reimagining Christianity by Rev. Dr. Alan Jones. I actually found it in my local library. He was born into a working class family in suburban London in 1940, and ended up as Dean of the Episcopal Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
    Here is a quotation:

    Alongside the pain of the world there is abiding joy and peace.
    Peregrinatio – pilgrimage – is a kind of journey for those who feel far from home and are in a state of exile. And all pro amore Christi (for the love of Christ). The cost? Becoming a stranger to all that is familiar and safe. The enemy of peregrinatio is thoughts that encourage us to be competitive and comparative, or anything that makes us lose touch with gratitude and wonder. Those who belong to any tradition or none who, for the sake of love, are on pilgrimage are my brothers and sisters, my community.
    With warmest greetings
    Sparky

  2. tomravetz Says:

    Hi, thanks for this. I’ve put it on my ‘Library’ list, and will see where I can find it. Tom

  3. Kevin Street Says:

    Just how many years is John V Taylor ahead of his time – or church?