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?

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Qustion 1. Who said that "everything is foreseen [by God], yet man has the capacity to choose freely"?

Josephus Rabbi Akiba Shimon bar Yohai Hanina ben Hama

Qustion 2. 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 3. Which Jewish philosopher comes closest to asserting that humans do not have free will?

Maimonides Hasdai Crescas Isaac Luria Joseph Soloveitchik Judah Halevi

Qustion 4. What does the Apocryphal writer Ben Sira believe about predetermination?

That God has predetermined human character from birth That humanity is divided into two antithetical groups, the godly and the sinners That human beings are free to choose their individual life paths and must not blame God for their transgressions All of these None of these

Qustion 5. Which Christian thinker's view on free will parallels Maimonides' view?

Thomas Aquinas Robert Audi Immanuel Kant Søren Kierkegaard

Qustion 6. Which of the following thinkers posited that having free choice is not as good a state as doing right automatically?

Nahmanides Hasdai Crescas Kierkegaard Ibn Ezra

Qustion 7. 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 8. True or false: Jewish tradition assumes that humans’ actions are significant in the greater scheme of things.

True False

Qustion 9. True or false: The Bible has examples of God announcing predetermined events and interfering with individual choices.

True False

Qustion 10. Which Jewish philosopher suggested that God knows the options from which we will choose, but doesn’t know the specific choice we will make?

Philo Saadiah Gaon Gersonides Moses Mendelsohn
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