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. Which modern thinker believed that the goal of a human's development is freedom and independence?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Question 2. Which of the following thinkers posited that having free choice is not as good a state as doing right automatically?
Question 3. Which Jewish philosopher suggested that God knows the options from which we will choose, but doesn’t know the specific choice we will make?
Question 4. Which Christian thinker's view on free will parallels Maimonides' view?
Question 5. 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 6. What does the term hashgahah mean?
Question 7. Which of these modern scientific advances challenge the Jewish idea of free will?
Sigmund Freud's suggestion that our behaviors are guided by unconscious drives
Genetic science about the extent to which our lives and inclinations are programmed into our biological constitution
Discoveries about organic aspects of our personalities
A & B only
All of the above