Suffering & Evil QuizJewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Question 1. Why is the question of suffering and evil unique among theological and philosophical problems?
It confronts us almost daily
Jewish history is replete with tragedy, both individual and communal
The Holocaust significantly impacted the discourse around this problem
All of the above
Question 2. According to the Book of Ezekiel, can someone be punished for the deeds of his or her ancestors?
Question 3. Which of the following thinkers first posited that both good and evil forces emanate from God?
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Rabbi Harold Kushner
Question 4. Who said that "in strict covenant theology, there can be no innocent sufferers"?
Question 5. According to Judaism, why do bad things happen to good people?
We cannot know
The people suffering might seem "good" but they are in fact being punished for sins they committed
Those who suffer now will be rewarded in the afterlife
Jewish thinkers have advanced all of these answers
Question 6. Which of these texts was the first to ask the question "Why do bad things happen to good people"?
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The Book of Leviticus
The Book of Job
The Book of Isaiah
The Book of Daniel
Question 7. The problem of suffering and evil took on an unprecedented role in Jewish thought after what event?
The giving of the Ten Commandments
The editing of the Mishnah
The Protestant reformation
Question 8. Who called evil "the most difficult matter…with which scholars of all ages, people and tongues have struggled"?
Rabbi Harold Kushner
Question 9. What is Rabbi Harold Kushner's belief about "When Bad Things Happen to Good People"?
Certain people may seem outwardly good but be evil on the inside
God does not cause our misfortunes, because not everything that happens in the world is due to God's will
Bad things that happen in this lifetime are advance repayment for good things that will happen in the next
All of these
None of these
Question 10. Which of the following did Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, believe?
God is responsible for creating both good and evil forces in the universe
The term "God" represents "the power for salvation" in the universe
Our idea of God is merely a representation for that which we consider to be good
Evil is merely a human construction for that which we cannot understand