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The Go-between God


Publisher writes

First published in 1972 by SCM Press, The Go-Between God is re-issued in our prestigious SCM Classics series.

In 1967 John V Taylor was invited to give the Cadbury Lectures in Theology at the University of Birmingham. The experience then stimulated him to the extend he felt compelled to rewrite the original series of eight lectures which now make up the chapters of The Go-Between God.

This new edition contains a new Foreword by David Wood, John V Taylor's great admirer. The Reverend Dr David Wood is Rector of Joondalup, Western Australia and the Anglican Chaplain to Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

Author Information

John V Taylor

The Right Reverend John Vernon Taylor was an English bishop and theologian who was the Bishop of Winchester from 1974 to 1984. Taylor was one of the most gifted and widely admired churchmen of his time; in 1975 he became the first priest to be consecrated directly to the See of Winchester since the Middle Ages. Taylor also wrote several books, two of which, The Primal Vision (1963), an evaluation of the central features of African religion, and The Go-Between God (1972), an interpretation of the work of the Holy Spirit, became classics.

Judges' and contributors' comments

Anne Holmes: John V. Taylor’s The Go-Between God, first published in 1972, described the Holy Spirit as an anonymous third party acting as a go-between, activating a current of communication between and among people. My signed first edition copy has an extract from the book on the back cover: ‘Every time I am given this unexpected awareness towards some other creature and feel this current of communication between us, I am touched and activated by something that comes from the fiery heart of the divine love, the eternal gaze of the Father towards the Son, of the Son towards the Father.’

Martyn Halsall: A masterly account by the former bishop of Winchester of the necessary presence of the Holy Spirit; fluent, grounded, intelligent and measured. It caught the incoming tide of the charismatic movement while balancing brain against the over-excitement that repelled some thoughtful people with whom Taylor would definitely engage.

Anthony Phillips: Taylor’s book, subtitled ‘The Holy Spirit and the Christian Mission’, is unlikely ever to be surpassed. What comes through in this visionary work is the sheer humanity of the author. For being human as Christ was human is what mission is all about. It is to a greater humanity that the Spirit calls us, which Taylor encapsulated both personally and in print.

Dominic Walker: Bishop John Taylor calls the Holy Spirit the Go-Between God, and the book describes the place of the Spirit in Mission. I found it very helpful in considering conversion and culture and the differences between Christianity and Islam.

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