Free Will QuizThe 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. 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
Question 2. Which talmudic sage said that "everything is in the hands of Heaven except the fear of Heaven"?
Shimon bar Yohai
Hanina ben Hama
Rava bar bar Hama
Question 3. Elliot Dorff, a Conservative rabbi and theologian, has used arguments about genetic predeterminism and free will to respond to what issue?
Rights for Homosexuals
Freedom of speech
Question 4. Which Jewish philosopher suggested that God knows the options from which we will choose, but doesnít know the specific choice we will make?
Question 5. According to Maimonides, Godís "special providence" is limited to
Question 6. True or false: The Bible has examples of God announcing predetermined events and interfering with individual choices.
Question 7. True or false: In antiquity, the different sects in Israel (Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes) all agreed about fate and determinism.