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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 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 2. Which of these people is known as the "zoo rabbi," and has authored books on science and Torah which were banned?
 David Klinghoffer
 Sharon Brous
 Natan Slifkin
 Ismar Schorsch


Question 3. True or false: An autopsy was performed in the Talmud to reveal the exact number of joints and limbs in the human body.


Question 4. Which Jewish thinker saw evolutionary theory as support for the Kabbalistic ideas of the unity of life?
 Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook
 Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
 Rabbi Yohanan


Question 5. Some modern kabbalists connect the scientific theory about the exponential expansion of the universe to which mystical concept?
 Tzimtzum (God's withdrawal from the universe)
 Merkavah mysticism (about the Divine chariot)
 Sefirot (mystical attributes of God)
 Tikkun Olam (repair of the world)


Question 6. True or False: Carl Jung was Jewish.


Question 7. 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