Take the Catechism test! Below you will find a practice exam that I gave my pre-theology Catechism class. Catholics will often express ideas about the faith that are ambiguous; that is, they have a grip on some small part of the truth but let the whole truth fly away. This test challenges you to use the Tried and True Method of Thomas Aquinas to ferret out the ambiguities and clarify each statement. NB. these statements cover roughly paragraphs 1-141 of the CCC.
Can you pass the test?
All of the statements below are ambiguous. As a theologian, your task is parse each statement in such a way that it unambiguously expresses a truth about the faith. Refer to the CCC for the appropriate language.
REMEMBER: never deny; rarely affirm; always distinguish!
1. God created man out of necessity.
2. God sent His Son as our Redeemer to save us from sin. . .whether we want to be saved or not.
3. The human desire for God is something that we cultivate over time.
4. We can find truth and happiness most anywhere.
5. Natural reason tells us about God.
6. Our language about God is limited, so we really can't say anything true about Him.
7. The CCC says, “We must therefore continually purify our language of everything in it that is limited, image-bound or imperfect. . .” (42). This means that we shouldn't use male pronouns and images to depict God.
8. The CCC says that God “creates and sustains” all of creation. This means that God and creation are basically the same.
9. God is constantly revealing Himself to us through scripture, Christ, and created things.
10. The apostolic tradition gave us scripture; therefore, our bishops can decide what's true and false in the Bible.
11. All truths of the faith are equally important to our salvation.
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