Suffering & Evil QuizJewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Question 1. What did Abraham Isaac Kook think about the relationship between God and evil?
That evil was the opposite of God
That evil did not exist
That, for some reason, God created the force of evil
That one day God would destroy all evil in the world
Question 2. Which of the following claims did Maimonides deny in his philosophical writings?
God is perfectly good
God is all-powerful
God is all-knowing
Evil is real
Question 3. According to the Bible, what did God promise to the Jews at Mt. Sinai, if they followed God's ways?
Rewards if they followed God, suffering if they did not
Question 4. The problem of justifying God despite the existence of evil is called:
None of the above
Question 5. Who called evil "the most difficult matter…with which scholars of all ages, people and tongues have struggled"?
Rabbi Harold Kushner
Question 6. Which of these is an interpretation of the biblical punishment of karet?
Dying before the age of 60
All of the above
None of the above
Question 7. Who said that "in strict covenant theology, there can be no innocent sufferers"?
Question 8. In Reeve Robert Brenner's study documenting Holocaust survivors' faith in God, what results were found?
Survivors were far more likely to believe in God
Survivors were far less likely to believe in God
The Holocaust did not extremely affect survivors' belief in God
Question 9. Is the character of Job (from the Book of Job) a Jew?
We are unsure
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