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 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
Question 2. What does the term hashgahah mean?
Question 3. Which Jewish philosopher comes closest to asserting that humans do not have free will?
Question 4. What did the Hasidic Izbicer Rebbe teach about free will?
Humans do not have the ability to choose their actions
God is the source of all human actions
Humans can control their thoughts and intentions
All of these
None of these
Question 5. Which of the following did not have his/their heart(s) hardened by God?
The Moabite king Sihon
The army of Canaan
Question 6. Many kabbalists believe that God's providence does not extend to which of the following?
People who do not study Kabbalah
Question 7. According to Maimonides, Godís "special providence" is limited to