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A Basic Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology: Introducing Beliefs and Practices
by Dr. Paraskevè “Eve” Tibbs
Dr. Paraskevè “Eve” Tibbs, the Christian Education Ministry leader for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, has just published a book, A Basic Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology – Introducing Beliefs and Practices. The format is inviting and accessible, suitable for both Orthodox and western Christian readers, who may or may not have prior theological background.
It is a unique book in many ways, because it not only offers an introduction to the theology, history, and practices of the Orthodox Church, but it does so in dialogue with western forms of Christianity. Real-life examples help to emphasize the unique worldview and theology of Orthodox Christianity in its lived context. The book is appropriate for personal use, as a course textbook, and as a resource for Orthodox parish clergy.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew offers the Foreword for this book where he encourages “readers not only to come to a deeper understanding of the Orthodox Christian Faith, but to acquire a greater appreciation of the role which Eastern Christianity has played, and continue to play, in the West.” In closing his remarks, His All-Holiness beseeches Lord’s blessings to provide the readers “with a newfound awareness of Orthodox theology that will help them to discover – or rediscover – its living tradition.”
“I am very proud of Dr. Tibbs and the publication of this most valuable book on Eastern Orthodox Theology. She has long endeavored to impart her knowledge, utilizing her excellent experience as a professor, to ignite interest in others desiring to deepen their faith, or to explore the richness of Orthodox Christianity,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos. “As the leader of our Metropolis Christian Education Ministry, Dr. Tibbs has put her heart and soul into her work for over three decades, and we are all grateful for her ongoing commitment to encouraging ongoing Christian education for children and adults.”
Dr. Tibbs holds a Ph.D. in Theology with a minor in Church History from Fuller Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. She is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, where she has taught graduate-level theology courses since 2005. She attends Saint Paul Church in Irvine, CA, where she is the Choir Director and Chair of the Church School Board.