Suffering & Evil Quiz


Jewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?

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Qustion 1. 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

Qustion 2. True or false: In traditional Jewish thought, Satan does not exist.

True False

Qustion 3. Who said that "in strict covenant theology, there can be no innocent sufferers"?

Richard Rubenstein Elie Wiesel Shimon Peres Viktor Frankl

Qustion 4. Which approach to a painful experience does Rabbi Harold Kushner recommend?

Pretending it didn't happen Dwelling in the pain Asking, "What did I do to deserve this?" Asking, "Now that this has happened to me, what am I going to do about it?"

Qustion 5. True or false: In the Talmud, the rabbis tend to focus on theological solutions to the problem of evil, rather than the human response to suffering.

True False

Qustion 6. What was the reaction of the Jewish philosophical community in the first 20 years following the Holocaust?

That the state of affairs in the world created the evil of the Holocaust That the Holocaust was not itself evil--what was problematic was the human desire for cruelty There was no forceful reaction--nobody knew how to deal with the Holocaust That the Holocaust was, in some way, indirectly the fault of the victims

Qustion 7. Which of these texts was the first to ask the question "Why do bad things happen to good people"?

A bestselling self-help guide The Book of Leviticus The Book of Job The Book of Isaiah The Book of Daniel

Qustion 8. Which of the following thinkers first posited that both good and evil forces emanate from God?

Mordecai Kaplan Rav Kook Rabbi Jill Jacobs Rabbi Harold Kushner Rabbi Akiva

Qustion 9. The problem of justifying God despite the existence of evil is called:

Theosophany Theodicy Eschatology Teshuvah None of the above

Qustion 10. What is the name for the vindication of God’s justice despite the existence of evil?

Theosophany Theodicy Deus ex machina Eschatology
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