John Taylor (bishop of Winchester)

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John Taylor
Bishop of Winchester
DioceseDiocese of Winchester
In office1975–1985
PredecessorFalkner Allison
SuccessorColin James
Other postsGeneral Secretary, CMS (1963–1974)
Personal details
Born(1914-09-11)11 September 1914
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Died30 January 2001(2001-01-30) (aged 86)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
DenominationAnglican
ParentsJohn Taylor & Margaret née Barrett
SpousePeggy née Wright (m. 1940)
Childrenthree
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Ordination history
History
Diaconal ordination
Ordained byArthur Winnington-Ingram Edit this on Wikidata
Date18 December 1938 Edit this on Wikidata
PlaceSt Paul's Cathedral Edit this on Wikidata
Priestly ordination
Ordained byGuy Smith Edit this on Wikidata
Date29 September 1939 Edit this on Wikidata
PlaceSt Paul's Cathedral Edit this on Wikidata
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byDonald Coggan Edit this on Wikidata
Date31 January 1975 Edit this on Wikidata
PlaceWestminster Abbey Edit this on Wikidata

John Vernon Taylor (11 September 1914 – 30 January 2001) was an English bishop and theologian who was the Bishop of Winchester from 1974 to 1984.

Education and family[edit]

Taylor was born in Cambridge — while his father (John) was a Tutor at Ridley Hall — and educated at St Lawrence College (where his father was headteacher). He read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, then read theology and trained for the ministry at St Catherine's Society and Wycliffe Hall (where his father was principal) at Oxford, and the Institute of Education.[1]

His father was later Bishop of Sodor and Man; his mother was Margaret née Barrett. Taylor married Margaret (Peggy) Wright on 5 October 1940, and they had three children.[2]

Priestly ministry[edit]

He was ordained in the Church of England: made a deacon by Arthur Winnington-Ingram, Bishop of London, at St Paul's Cathedral on 18 December 1938,[3] and ordained priest by Guy Smith, Bishop of Willesden, at St Paul's on Michaelmas (29 September) the following year.[4][N 1] He spent five years engaged in Christian ministry in England, (from 1938–40 as a curate at All Souls, Langham Place, and then from 1940–43 as curate of St Helen's in the Diocese of Liverpool). He then felt drawn to overseas missionary work; unable to do so immediately because of wartime travel restrictions, he obtained a teaching qualification at London University.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

In 1945, with the ending of World War II, he moved to Mukono, Uganda, as a missionary working in theological education. He returned to England in 1954 and worked for the International Missionary Council. In 1959 he became Africa Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, and in 1963 he succeeded Max Warren as its General Secretary, remaining in post until 1974.

His nomination to the See of Winchester was announced 14 August 1974,[5] he was elected and confirmed that winter, consecrated a bishop by Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster Abbey on 31 January,[6] and installed at Winchester Cathedral on 8 February 1975.[7] He then served as Bishop of Winchester until his retirement on 28 February 1985,[8] succeeding Falkner Allison, an old-fashioned Evangelical much-loved by all parties within the diocese. He was the first priest to be consecrated directly to the See of Winchester since William Day in 1595, and was respected throughout the diocese and beyond mainly by liberals and modernists, but failed to gain the trust of Anglo-Catholics. A product of Wycliffe Hall, with connections with All Souls, Langham Place, he was nevertheless a liberal evangelical rather than a conservative one. When first consecrated, he initially caused some amusement by refusing to wear a mitre and ordering that it be carried in front of him on a cushion in processions. After that one occasion he reverted to custom and wore it.

In the Diocesan contribution to Parish Magazines he wrote a series of articles entitled "Rose Window", which among other views asserted that Christ did not intend to found a church and that the new eucharistic rites in the Alternative Service Book together with the new mass of the Roman Catholic Church were the work of the Holy Spirit.[citation needed] From the pulpit he campaigned vigorously against the Book of Common Prayer and in favour of the Alternative Service Book. He achieved some notoriety by suggesting that a service to be said after abortion be added to the ASB.[citation needed]

Bibliography[edit]

The most notable of his books were The Go-Between God (1972) and The Christlike God (1992), both of which remain in print. Enough is enough (1975) was an early book of the environmentalist movement, making the theological case for resisting consumerism and looking after our planet.

  • The Primal Vision: Christian Presence amid African Religion (London: SCM 1963; New Edition, SCM Classics 2001)
  • The Go-Between God: The Holy Spirit and the Christian Mission (London: SCM 1972; New Edition, SCM Classics 2002).
  • For All the World (1966)
  • Enough is enough (London: SCM: 1975)
  • The Growth of the Church in Buganda: An Attempt at Understanding (1980)
  • Weep Not for Me: Meditations on the Cross and the Resurrection (1986)
  • The Christlike God (London: SCM 1992).
  • Bishops on the Bible: Eight Bishops on the Role and Relevance of the Bible Today (1994)
  • A matter of life and death (London: SCM 1986)
  • Kingdom Come (1989)
  • A Christmas Sequence and Other Poems (1989)

Posthumous collections:

  • The Easter God and his Easter People (2003)
  • The Incarnate God (2006)

Biographical:

  • Poet, Priest and Prophet by David Wood.

External links[edit]

Obituaries:

Christian Mission with John V. Taylor:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Who Was Who erroneously records that he was ordained deacon in 1956 and priest in 1957, whereas both Crockford's and the Church Times record 1938 and 1939, and these are consistent with his first curacy: 1938–1940.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, John Vernon. ukwhoswho.com. Who Was Who. 1920–2007 (December 2007 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 25 June 2018. closed access publication – behind paywall
  2. ^ "Taylor, John Vernon". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/75441. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ "Advent ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#3961). 23 December 1938. p. 711. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 June 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  4. ^ "Ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#4002). 6 October 1939. p. 300. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 June 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  5. ^ "New bishops for Lincoln, Winchester (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5818). 16 August 1974. p. 1. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 June 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  6. ^ "picture caption (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5843). 7 February 1975. p. 1. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 June 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  7. ^ "picture caption (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5844). 14 February 1975. p. 1. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 June 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  8. ^ "Bishop of Winchester to retire (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6330). 8 June 1984. p. 1. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 June 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Falkner Allison
Bishop of Winchester
1975–1985
Succeeded by
Colin James