Suffering & Evil Quiz

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

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Qustion 1. What do traditional Jewish sources teach about Hell?

There is no afterlife in Judaism There is a heaven and a hell, similar to the Christian division There is an incorporeal "middle ground" called Gehennom, or purgatory There is an afterlife, but only for good people

Qustion 2. 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 3. 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

Qustion 4. 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

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. True or false: For Jews, the problem of suffering is twofold, including a universal problem and a particular problem.

True False

Qustion 7. What is karet?

When a particular sin is punishable by death The biblical penalty of being "cut off from the people" A certain kind of justice meted out in biblical courts The term for one who has been sentenced to death but has not yet been executed

Qustion 8. How does Process Theology understand the Holocaust?

It posits that God had no role in the Holocaust; that it was all human beings It rethinks traditional notions of a beneficent and providential God It rejects the idea of God in the first place It suggests that God's role was to save those who survived the Holocaust

Qustion 9. 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

Qustion 10. 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
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