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Science & Judaism Quiz

The Bible and Talmud saw science and Jewish tradition as pathways to the same divine truth. But still, the two regularly come in conflict. How much do you know about the relationship between science and Judaism?

Question 1. What did Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook believe about Torah and science?
 The Torah must be subject to the scientific method in order to be believed
 Rather than attempting to read science into Torah, the two should be understood separately
 When there is a conflict between science and Torah, science is always wrong
 Neither science nor Torah is fully true


Question 2. Who was the father of modern psychoanalysis?
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Sigmund Freud
 Albert Einstein
 Emile Durkheim


Question 3. What does the term "intelligent design" refer to?
 The idea that science knows more about evolution than the Bible
 The idea that the workings of the universe indicate an intelligent, divine role in creation
 The fundamental disagreement between intellectuals and religious people
 None of the above


Question 4. What did Maimonides believe about astrology?
 That it was fundamentally compatible with Jewish belief.
 That it made no difference to one's own beliefs.
 That learning about it had a corrosive effect on one's Jewish beliefs.
 That it was not Jewish, but had no effect on Judaism.


Question 5. True or False: Carl Jung was Jewish.


Question 6. Which instrument was renown Jewish physicist Richard Feynman known for playing?


Question 7. Which of these prominent social scientists was not Jewish?
 Sigmund Freud
 Claude Levi-Strauss
 Carl Jung
 Karl Marx