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If theology doesn't stretch our minds, it probably won't stretch our lives. In "Cafe Theology", Mike invites us to grab a cappuccino and travel with him from Creation to New Creation, as he presents us with a rich and human view of life and of Life-Giver. Whether we've been on the Christian journey our whole life, we're just starting out or we haven't even bought a ticket, If theology doesn't stretch our minds, it probably won't stretch our lives. In "Cafe Theology", Mike invites us to grab a cappuccino and travel with him from Creation to New Creation, as he presents us with a rich and human view of life and of Life-Giver. Whether we've been on the Christian journey our whole life, we're just starting out or we haven't even bought a ticket, this extraordinary book is applicable to our ordinary lives.


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If theology doesn't stretch our minds, it probably won't stretch our lives. In "Cafe Theology", Mike invites us to grab a cappuccino and travel with him from Creation to New Creation, as he presents us with a rich and human view of life and of Life-Giver. Whether we've been on the Christian journey our whole life, we're just starting out or we haven't even bought a ticket, If theology doesn't stretch our minds, it probably won't stretch our lives. In "Cafe Theology", Mike invites us to grab a cappuccino and travel with him from Creation to New Creation, as he presents us with a rich and human view of life and of Life-Giver. Whether we've been on the Christian journey our whole life, we're just starting out or we haven't even bought a ticket, this extraordinary book is applicable to our ordinary lives.

30 review for Cafe Theology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    This aims at providing, in contemporary terms, an "understanding (of) the faith that is common to Christians of all types and stripes" . It's an apologetic of Christian orthodoxy in other words, covering the main subjects that form the Christian world view i.e. Creation, The Fall, The Trinity, Atonement etc. It's approach is systematic and theological and while it is an unashamedly ecumenical book it is neither so broad in stroke as be watered down or dilute nor lost in the contentious minutiae This aims at providing, in contemporary terms, an "understanding (of) the faith that is common to Christians of all types and stripes" . It's an apologetic of Christian orthodoxy in other words, covering the main subjects that form the Christian world view i.e. Creation, The Fall, The Trinity, Atonement etc. It's approach is systematic and theological and while it is an unashamedly ecumenical book it is neither so broad in stroke as be watered down or dilute nor lost in the contentious minutiae of theological debate. It is actually quite direct, broad-minded and well read in it's hinterland, readable and even, occasionally funny, citing such theological heavy weights as St Ignatious, St Augustine and Martin Luther alongside Alan Bennett, T.S Elliot, Shakespeare, Dawkins and Monty Python! A job well done.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    There were a few things I wasn't quite sure about, but on the whole it was solid and engaging, and parts of it were Very Good Indeed. Also, I sort of feel like I've discovered a kindred spirit in Michael Lloyd. :) There were a few things I wasn't quite sure about, but on the whole it was solid and engaging, and parts of it were Very Good Indeed. Also, I sort of feel like I've discovered a kindred spirit in Michael Lloyd. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Really pleased I read this. It gives a great basic foundation of theology, which I found strengthened my faith even more. Very well written and enjoyable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Toby

    This is a good, easy-to-read primer for theology, coming from the Alpha Stable and written by Mike Lloyd, now principal of Wycliffe College, Oxford. Most of the bases are well covered, and it's difficult to ask more for a sub-400 page book. My main quibble is the excess of anecdotes and illustrations, not all of which are that pertinent to the point that he is trying to make. It's a bit like reading the transcript of a 24 hour sermonathon. My copy is a first edition and it gives the impression of This is a good, easy-to-read primer for theology, coming from the Alpha Stable and written by Mike Lloyd, now principal of Wycliffe College, Oxford. Most of the bases are well covered, and it's difficult to ask more for a sub-400 page book. My main quibble is the excess of anecdotes and illustrations, not all of which are that pertinent to the point that he is trying to make. It's a bit like reading the transcript of a 24 hour sermonathon. My copy is a first edition and it gives the impression of having been rushed out to print, with poor formatting. I'm assuming that later editions are better set out. His speculation in the Creation chapter about the fall and the origin of evil is interesting, even though I'm not sure I can go all the way with him. A couple of other points I thought Hmmm. But a well-needed book and very suited to those who have done the Alpha course and want to go a bit deeper.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Roberts

    A superb book. Michael Lloyd sets out the structure of Christian faith superbly and then explains how and why it all interconnects and links using profound insights. He also writes with enthusiasm (you can feel it bubbling over) and humour One reviewer said that it can feel a bit like a 24 hour sermon. That's true. But it's a fine sermon! And another said they thought they'd found a kindred spirit in Mike Lloyd. I think It have too. The chapter on the Fall didn't quite do it for me; not that I hav A superb book. Michael Lloyd sets out the structure of Christian faith superbly and then explains how and why it all interconnects and links using profound insights. He also writes with enthusiasm (you can feel it bubbling over) and humour One reviewer said that it can feel a bit like a 24 hour sermon. That's true. But it's a fine sermon! And another said they thought they'd found a kindred spirit in Mike Lloyd. I think It have too. The chapter on the Fall didn't quite do it for me; not that I have a better alternative. And it's rather harsh to knock off a star for that. But then judgments are never easy...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carla White

    It's a book where you have to take one bite at a time, chew it over well in your mind, journal and digest it slowly, thoughtfully think about the concepts. It's a book to be savored. It's a book where you have to take one bite at a time, chew it over well in your mind, journal and digest it slowly, thoughtfully think about the concepts. It's a book to be savored.

  7. 5 out of 5

    caroline filler

    I liked it but found it not as interesting as his talks

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jo Mclennan

    I am so enjoying this book - a basic review of Christian doctrine. While it's size and thickness is a bit scary it simply states what we believe and why, a great introduction for those of us who have grown up around the Bible but never studied it formally. I am so enjoying this book - a basic review of Christian doctrine. While it's size and thickness is a bit scary it simply states what we believe and why, a great introduction for those of us who have grown up around the Bible but never studied it formally.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Thong

    Thorough and well-written, witty and hilarious at times, but can be a bit milked towards the end. Learnt a lot from it, substantial yet accessible.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robin Fox

    The thinking person's Alpha! The thinking person's Alpha!

  11. 5 out of 5

    John Watson

    Great easy to read introduction to theology that effects our day to day lives

  12. 4 out of 5

    Toby Gibbons

    Very good, easy to read over view of the basic doctrines of Christianity, apart from the crazy bit about the angels having a pre-humankind fall, that was a bit lord of the ringsy......

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dee Clayton

  14. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Neal

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dr Luke

  16. 5 out of 5

    Derek Neal

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Vandenberg

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rb

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liz Woods

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

  21. 5 out of 5

    fgoito

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

  23. 5 out of 5

    Thora Stewart

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julia Torgrimso

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patti Matthews-Wanat

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sonny

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mark Miller

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adam Hubert

  30. 4 out of 5

    Simon Lucas

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