Free Will Quiz

The paradox of human free will and God's infinite knowledge and power has troubled Jewish thinkers at every point in Jewish history. How much do you know about this debate?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. Which of these problems concerned medieval philosophers?

How to reconcile free will and divine providence How to reconcile free will and divine foreknowledge How to ensure that human beings experience the feeling of freedom A & B only All of the above

Qustion 2. What is the most significant problem that modern science has contributed to the free will question?

Science has isolated a single "free will" gene Some contemporary scientific thinking attributes much of human behavior to biological and psychological factors Chaos theory has shown it is impossible to predict human behavior Both science and religion have agreed that free will is a basic factor in the human brain

Qustion 3. Elliot Dorff, a Conservative rabbi and theologian, has used arguments about genetic predeterminism and free will to respond to what issue?

Poverty Rights for Homosexuals Kashrut Freedom of speech

Qustion 4. True or false: In antiquity, the different sects in Israel (Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes) all agreed about fate and determinism.

True False

Qustion 5. Which modern thinker believed that the goal of a human's development is freedom and independence?

Martin Buber Abraham Joshua Heschel Rachel Adler Erich Fromm

Qustion 6. What did the Hasidic Izbicer Rebbe teach about free will?

Humans do not have the ability to choose their actions God is the source of all human actions Humans can control their thoughts and intentions All of these None of these

Qustion 7. Which talmudic sage said that "everything is in the hands of Heaven except the fear of Heaven"?

Shimon bar Yohai Hanina ben Hama Shmuel Rava bar bar Hama

Qustion 8. How does Maimonides deal with the problem of free choice?

By embracing the idea that man has free will, but that God has foreknowledge with what each person will choose By rejecting the concept outright By saying that God rejects free will, but God wants human beings to believe that it exists All of these None of these

Qustion 9. Who believed that free will doesn't really exist, but human beings need to believe it does?

Ludwig Wittgenstein Yeshayahu Leibowitz Josephus Maimonides

Qustion 10. Which of these modern scientific advances challenge the Jewish idea of free will?

Sigmund Freud's suggestion that our behaviors are guided by unconscious drives Genetic science about the extent to which our lives and inclinations are programmed into our biological constitution Discoveries about organic aspects of our personalities A & B only All of the above
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