Cafe Theologique

We are delighted to present this series, organised in partnership with the Bishop of Reading, anCafe Theo 4d based on the popular Café Scientifique model.

Café Theologique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in theology.

Admission is free, all welcome.

Previous talks

Summer 2019 Events:


Monday 29 April

CafeTheoGrenfellFaith in the Shadow of Grenfell  Rev Dr Mike Long

Rev Dr Mike Long, minister to the Methodist church next door to Grenfell tower, reflects on the tragedy and the Church's response. As a result of his work in the local area Mike was appointed the housing charity Shelter's chair for their commission on "a vision for social housing".

Zero Degrees Bar, Reading

Time: 7:30pm


Monday 20 May

CafeTheoOTRecycling Old Wineskins? Reading the Old Testament in Context Robin Baker

What should we do with the tricky bits in the 'Old Testament'? asks Robin Baker, Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the Department of Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy at the University of Winchester.

Robin has written extensively on the strange world of the Bible including the books of Judges and Jeremiah. His focus is particularly on the relationship between the Old Testament and Assyrian and Babylonian beliefs and cultic practice, and reflections of Mesopotamian literature in the Hebrew Bible.

His latest book is "Hollow Men, Strange Women: Riddles, Codes and Otherness in the Book of Judges" (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016) (

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