This is my mind-map for my revision of the Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment. All information is from christiananswers.net, https://au.answers.yahoo.com, www.americancatholic.org, en.wikipedia.org, simple.wikipedia.org and Student Resource Yr9 Int.
The Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment Revision
1 Cardinal Virtues
1.1.1 Justice is the virtue that makes people willing to be fair in their dealings with God and with others, giving
to each what is due to them. Justice to God requires prayer, worship and trying to live as God taught.
Justice to others involves respecting the rights of others.
1.2.1 Prudence is the virtue enabling people to discern what is truly best for them in each particular situation in
life, and to choose the right means of achieving it.
1.3.1 Temperance is the virtue of moderation, governing our emotions and desires so that they do not lead us to
1.4.1 Fortitude is the virtue of continuing to try to do what is right. Fortitude is shown when people keep trying
even when it is difficult (temptations, peer and social pressures) to overcome habits that need changing
(gossiping, lying, laziness). Even if they fail, people of fortitude never give up; they try again.
2 Human Heart Questions
2.1 Human heart questions are questions that stir within people’s hearts. Asking questions is an important
human need. Young children have a need to understand the world around them. They often ask ‘Why?’
about many things.
2.2 Types of Human Heart Questions
2.2.1 Personal Questions
126.96.36.199 Understanding who we are is important. Personal questions of the human heart are questions concerned with
what people need to understand about themselves in order to discover true happiness. Common teenage
question could be: ‘What’s life all about?’, ‘How can I become more independent?’, ‘Why do I have so many
2.2.2 Relationship Questions
188.8.131.52 Human relationships are important to everyone. Human heart relationship questions are those concerned with
how a person can relate with others in ways that will lead to true happiness. Common teenage examples
include: ‘Who will always love and accept me, no matter what?’ and ‘How can I make good friends?’
2.2.3 Questions about the future
184.108.40.206 Humans are different from all other living things in being able to think about and plan for the future. Questions
about the future are concerned with what is best for oneself, for the world and for creation if true happiness is
to be found. As people begin to think about the future, many find themselves asking questions such as: What
is my future in a world that sometimes seems really complicated and even threatening?’ ‘How can we create a
more peaceful future with less crime and fewer wars?’‘How can we improve the way people treat the
2.2.4 Questions about God
220.127.116.11 Many human experiences lead people to wonder about God. Many people sense the presence of God as they
experience creation. The more aware people become of God, the more they wonder at religious questions
such as: ‘Who is God?’ ‘What is God like?’ ‘What does God expect of me?’
3 The Seven Periods of Jewish History
3.1 FIRST PERIOD The Patriarchs of the people of Israel 1850–1700BC
(ie. 150 years)
3.2 SECOND PERIOD The Exodus and entry into the Promised Land
1300–1050BC (ie. 250 years)
3.3 THIRD PERIOD The Monarchy 1020–587BC (ie. 443
3.4 FOURTH PERIOD The Exile in Babylon 587–539BC
(ie. 48 years)
3.5 FIFTH PERIOD The Post Exile 539–333BC (ie. 206
3.6 SIXTH PERIOD The Greek conquest 333–63BC (ie. 270
3.7 SEVENTH PERIOD The Roman empire
63BC–135AD (ie. 198 years)
4 The Seven Deadly Sins
4.1.1 Boasting, pushing to be first, never listening to advice, being demanding and selfish or never admitting
4.2.1 Taking more than one needs, never sharing, refusing to donate money or being selfish about possessions.
4.3.1 Behaving in jealous ways towards those who have more, refusing to congratulate others on their
successes, being angry when others do better at sport or other challenges, or failing to wish others well in
4.4.1 Swearing or behaving violently, being difficult to get on with, always being critical and negative, showing
impatience or vandalising property.
4.5.1 Engaging in premarital sex, using and promoting pornographic material, abusing the sexuality of others or
self because of sexual desires.
4.6.1 Eating more food than is needed, binge drinking or drinking to
4.7.1 Getting out of chores at home, not doing one’s share or not helping others, spending too much time resting
and sleeping, or wasting time not fulfilling responsibilities such as homework..
5 How to stop the Seven Deadly Sins
5.1.1 Perform acts of service, stop boasting, admit mistakes.
5.2.1 Donate money to those in need, use or buy only what is needed, avoid unnecessary luxury, share
generously, especially with family and friends.
5.3.1 Congratulate others on their successes, avoid feelings of jealousy, stop criticising others who have
what they want.
5.4.1 Exercise patience, help others to understand in loving ways what makes people angry, take time to
think instead of reacting.
5.5.1 Direct sexual desires in accordance with God’s purpose; value sexuality of self and others, rather than
thinking of others in purely sexual ways.
5.6.1 Fast (eg. during Lent, as an act of self-denial), eat what is healthy, avoid binge eating or drinking.
5.7.1 Fulfil responsibilities, engage in physical activity, take rest needed for health and well-being, work or
study with determination to do one’s best.
6 What is the Magisterium of the Church?
6.1 The Magisterium of the Church is the teaching body of the Church, this consists of the Pope and bishops
throughout the world. The purpose of the Magisterium of the Church is to teach the life and teachings of
Jesus. The Magisterium serves the Church by teaching, explaining and applying Jesus’ teachings.
7 The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
7.1.1 The ability to see the good in everything as God does, just as Jesus
7.2.1 The ability to understand, like Jesus, the meaning of God’s
7.3 Right Judgement
7.3.1 The ability to judge the true value of everything, as
7.4.1 The strength to meet personal challenges and overcome fears, even in the face of death, as Jesus did.
7.5.1 The ability to come to know God better and to learn new lessons from experiences of God.
7.6.1 The ability to keep growing in respect for God and awareness of God’s closeness and love.
7.7 Wonder and Awe in God's presence
7.7.1 The ability to keep returning love to God for all God’s gifts.
8 The Ten Commandments
8.1 1. I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me.
8.2 2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
8.3 3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
8.4 4. Honour your father and your mother.
8.5 5. You shall not kill.
8.6 6. You shall not commit adultery.
8.7 7. You shall not steal.
8.8 8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
8.9 9. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife.
8.10 10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods.
9 The Seven Sacraments
9.1 1. Baptism
9.1.1 This is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or
adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
9.2 2. Confirmation
9.2.1 This is when a mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for
Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
9.3 3. Eucharist
9.3.1 This is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive
Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
9.4 4. Penance
9.4.1 This has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result
we are called to forgive others.
9.5 5. Anointing of the Sick
9.5.1 This is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.
9.6 6. Marriage
9.6.1 This is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving
union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.
9.7 7. Holy Orders
9.7.1 This is when the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by
proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
10.1 He was a prophet of God used mighty by God to bring Israel out of captivity, communicate the
commandments to the people of Israel, and lead them through the wilderness. He was the administrator of the
Old Testament, were Jesus is the administrator of the New Testament.
11.1 She was the wife of Joseph and the mother of Jesus Christ, who was conceived within her by the Holy
Spirit when she was a virgin. She is often called the “Virgin Mary,” though never in Scripture are those
two words put together as a proper name.
12.1 He is a figure in the Gospels, the husband of Mary, the mother of
Jesus. Christian tradition places Joseph as Jesus' foster father.
13.1 He is the central figure of Christianity, whom is the the Son of
God. Jesus is the awaited Messiah and that he was baptized by
John the Baptist. He was crucified in Jerusalem on the orders
of Pontius Pilate.
14.1 Infallibity is the name given to the gift of the Holy Spirit that protects the Church from error when solemnly
defining matters relating to Jesus’ teachings and how they are to be lived. Infallibilty does not apply to matters
outside the areas of faith and morals. The infallibility of the Church is a gift of the Holy Spirit. The infallibility
of the Church is a gift of the Holy Spirit.