What is Faith?

What is Faith?

Atheist Blindly Believes Biblical Faith Is Blind, by Tim Barnett

“Faith is confident trust in a reliable source.” – Ken Samples.
Isn’t Faith Incompatible with Reason?, with Ken Samples. (6/11/21)

“Fides quaerens intellectum – An expression dating from Anselm meaning that, as an inherent property, faith exhibits a desire to understand its object.” Systematic Theology, Robert Lethem (Crossway), 942.

21.Q. What is true faith?

A. True faith is a sure knowledge whereby I accept as true all that God has  revealed to us in his Word.  At the same time it is a firm confidence that not only to others, but also to me, God has granted forgiveness of sins, everlasting righteousness, and salvation, out of mere grace, only for the sake of Christ’s merits. This faith the Holy Spirit works in my heart by the gospel. – Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 7, Question 21

Faith (Latin “belief,” the Greek term used in the New Testament is pistis) The objective, revealed truth believed in (fides quae creditur) or the subjective, personal commitment to God (fides qua creditur). The English word “faith” is derived from the Latin fidere, to trust. Traditionally, the Latin word fides as used by the medieval theologians signified assent to the body of Christian truth to be found in the Scriptures and the Church Fathers, and expressed propositionally in the Creeds, the traditions handed down through the General Councils, and the teachings of the great doctors of the Church. The Reformers stressed the importance for the Christian of living by faith in Christ, which alone makes a person righteous. The Lutheran theologians distinguished three components in faith: notitia (knowledge), assensus (assent), and fiducia (trust), but they saw trust as supreme among them.
Glossary of Theological, Ethical and Liturgical Terms

“The opposite of faith is not fact, but unbelief.  The opposite of knowledge is ignorance.  Neither is a virtue in Christianity.” – Greg Koukl, Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions (Zondervan), 153.

“Faith – trusting in something you believe to have good reason is true”

Faith (Gr. πίστις, Lat. fides, Jiducia) is essentially trust. The various uses of the word (both objective and subjective) may be summed up as follows:
1. An objective body of truth: “the faith;” designated by the schoolmen as fides quae creditur, the faith which is believed. So the Augsburg Confession speaks of “our holy faith and Christiasn religion.” (This sense does not occur in N.T.)
2. A rule of thought, the fides penes quam creditur: so the Romanm Catholics say such a thing is “of faith” (not found in N.T.).
McClintock and Strong Biblical Cyclopedia

“…faith is a receiving and resting grace…faith has no constructive energy…it is Christ-reliant, not self-reliant. Faith involves the abandoning of self, not the congratulating of self (Rom. 3:27). Faith kills all human boasting…Faith is a receptor, not a contributor.” – Ian Hamilton

Faith is “Trusting, holding to and acting on what one has good reason to believe is true in the face of difficulty.” – Tim McGrew

Faith – “…a confident hope of present and future blessing founded on the character of God, who has acted for us savingly in the past…a steadfast hope of eternal life.” – James Boice, Psalms Vol. 2, 562.

(audio) The Problem of Faith, by Greg Bahnsen.

(Video) What is Faith?, by R.C. Sproul.

Faith Isn’t a Way of Knowing; It’s a Way of Trusting, by Tim Barnett

Hebrews Doesn’t Say What Atheists Think It Says about Faith, by Amy Hall.

The Nature of Faith, by Peter Jensen.

Does Jesus Endorse Blind Faith?, by Greg Koukl.

Tactics for Atheists, by Greg Koukl.

Faith and Facts, by Greg Koukl.

A Manual for Creating Atheists Who Create Straw Men, by Tim Barnett.

What is Faith? 5 Popular but False Beliefs, by Justin Holcomb.

“Isn’t Faith Incompatible with Reason? in Christianity Cross-Examined: Is it Rational, Relevant, and Good?, by Kenneth Richard Samples (Reasons to Believe, 2021), 59-75.

What is Faith?

What is Faith?, by J. Gresham Machen.

Are Atheists Right? Is Faith the Absence of Reason/Evidence?, by Simon Turpin.

Doesn’t The Bible Say True Faith Is Blind?, by J. Warner Wallace.

Is Blind Faith Better Than Belief Based on Evidence?, by William Lane Craig.

Is Faith Blind?, by from Ligonier Ministries.

Is Faith Blind?, from Summit Ministries.

Is Faith Blind?, by Alan Shlemon.

“Faith,” Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old 7 New Testament Words. Gen. Ed. William D. Mounce (Zondervan), 232-3.

“Faith”, Collected Writings of John Murray, Vol. 2 (Banner of Truth), 235-263.

“Faith”, J.I. Packer in Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, ed. Walter Elwell, 399-402.

What Is Faith? Is It Blind? Or Is It Trustworthy?