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. What is the most significant problem that modern science has contributed to the free will question?
Science has isolated a single "free will" gene
Some contemporary scientific thinking attributes much of human behavior to biological and psychological factors
Chaos theory has shown it is impossible to predict human behavior
Both science and religion have agreed that free will is a basic factor in the human brain
Question 2. According to Isaac Luria, why is free will a difficult concept to accept?
Because there is nothing separate from God
Because chaos is impossible to predict
Because God cannot have foreknowledge of human actions
Because there is no difference between fatalism and determinism
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 Jewish philosopher comes closest to asserting that humans do not have free will?
Question 5. What does Abraham Joshua Heschel believe about free will?
The self does not belong to the physical world, and it possesses and controls the will
The laws of Judaism reflect a conviction that the human power to choose is weaker than is generally supposed
Humans have come to look at life as completely predetermined, and they need to free themselves from this view, whether or not it is true
All of these
None of these
Question 6. Who believed that free will doesn't really exist, but human beings need to believe it does?
Question 7. Which of the following thinkers posited that having free choice is not as good a state as doing right automatically?