Review and summary of "What is Faith?: How to Know that You


In his book “What is Faith?: How to Know that You Believe (Christian Questions Book 3)”, Jeremy Myers in clear and simple language explains what faith is and importantly what it isn’t. If you’ve ever wondered or worried whether or not you have faith or whether you truly believe, then this short book, which forms part of a “Christian Questions” series will prove helpful to you.

The author begins by describing his own challenges when confronted with the idea that he might have “dead faith” or “head” but not “heart faith”. What happens if we don’t believe enough or in the right things? …

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two crucial issues are omitted by your summary:
(1) In both Greek and Hebrew the word for “faith” also means “faithfulness.” But faith and therefore faithfulness are distinguished from good works. So faithfulness includes righteous motivation and core desires, without which faith is dead. One practical difference of this nuance is expressed by this maxim expressed in different words by St. Augustine and St. Anselm: “We don’t [try to] understand in order to believe; rather, we [try to] believe in order to understand.” In other words, true faith is intellectually provisional, yet passionate, provisional in the sense that we must always be open to correcting false beliefs that sabotage our faith and passionate in the sense that unless we constantly take the risks of faith in our quest for results, our faith will be empty and inept.

(2) Faith for salvation and daily living must be distinguished from faith as prerequisite for effective petitionary prayer, which involves a persevering confident expectation and holy boldness that gets results, even miraculous results. It is unfortunate that Greek lacks a special unique word, so that these 2 types of faith can be clearly distinguished.


Thank you for writing about those two issues so eloquently.


NT writers were somewhat handicapped in their terminology for discussing important doctrines. For example, there is no Hebrew or Greek word for our concept of spiritual dimensions. The closest these languages come is the use of their term for “kingdom” as in “kingdom of God” or “kingdom of Satan.” More relevant to this thread, there is also no term for the state of confident expectation that produces healing and miracles. "So the redemptive term for “faith” must do double duty for this quality of consciousness in a way that muddies the waters for seekers in desperate need of such "faith.’