A Basic Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology

Introducing Beliefs and Practices

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Eve Tibbs offers a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the beliefs and practices of the Eastern Orthodox Church for Western readers. Tibbs has devoted her career to translating the Orthodox faith to an evangelical audience and has over twenty years of experience teaching this material to students. Assuming no prior knowledge of Orthodox theology, this survey covers the basic ideas of Eastern Orthodox Christianity from its origins at Pentecost to the present day.

The Origins of This Book
The Intended Audience for This Book
How This Book Should Be Read
Assumptions and Terminology
The Approach
1. The Orthodox Christian Worldview
"Returning" to the Unknown Ancient Church?
The Orthodox Church in the Christian World
East Is East and West Is West
The Primacy of Worship
"Doing Theology" in Orthodox Christianity
2. The Church
Joined Together in the Church
What Is the Church? Where Is the Church?
The Church in the New Testament
Theandric Mystery
The Orthodox Church Today
What Is "This Rock"?
One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic
3. Communion and Revelation
What Holds the Orthodox Church Together?
Communion and Conciliarity
Holy Tradition
The "Eikon"
Holy Scripture
Holy Icons
4. Ministry and Leadership
The Royal Vocation of All People
First among Equals
Three Orders of Clergy
Apostolic Succession
5. Christology
The Word of God Is a Person
Early Challenges to Christology
The Rule of Truth
Christology and the Ecumenical Councils
Singing Theology
6. Who Are We? What Are We to Do?
Created for Communion
Tragedy in the Garden
Being Saved
Humanity, We Have a Problem
The Cross and Resurrection
7. The Holy Trinity
The Revealed Trinity
Trinitarian "Taxis"
The Cappadocian "Settlement"
The Holy Spirit
The Church as an Icon of the Trinity
8. Orthodox Worship
An Earthly Heaven
Three Stages, Three Sections
Relevant and Ancient
The Holy Mysteries
Appendix: Excerpts from Selected Apostolic and Patristic Writings
Excerpts from the Epistle of St. Ignatius to the Philadelphians
Excerpts from the Epistle of St. Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans
Excerpts from Against Heresies by St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons
Full Text of the Didache
Glossary of Orthodox Terms

The Author

  1. Eve Tibbs
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    Eve Tibbs

    Eve Tibbs (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is affiliate assistant professor of theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. She has taught Western systematic theology and Eastern Orthodox theology for more than twenty years. She has also been the ministry lead...

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