Science & Judaism QuizThe 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. 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 3. Which of these talmudic theories is supported by modern science?
Babies born in the eighth month cannot survive
Lice do not reproduce sexually
The human body has 248 joints and limbs
All of these
None of these
Question 4. Which of these was Maimonides influenced by?
Non-religious scientific discoveries
The philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas
All of the above
None of the above
Question 5. Who first applied the anthropological study of folklore to the Jewish Bible?
James George Frazer
Question 6. 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 7. True or False: Carl Jung was Jewish.