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. True or false: At his famous show-down with Ahab on Mount Carmel, the prophet Elijah insinuates that God purposely led the hearts of the sinning Israelites astray.
Question 2. Which Christian thinker's view on free will parallels Maimonides' view?
Question 3. How does Maimonides deal with the problem of free choice?
By embracing the idea that man has free will, but that God has foreknowledge with what each person will choose
By rejecting the concept outright
By saying that God rejects free will, but God wants human beings to believe that it exists
All of these
None of these
Question 4. Which of the following did not have his/their heart(s) hardened by God?
The Moabite king Sihon
The army of Canaan
Question 5. 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 6. Many kabbalists believe that God's providence does not extend to which of the following?
People who do not study Kabbalah
Question 7. Which of these modern scientific advances challenge the Jewish idea of free will?
Sigmund Freud's suggestion that our behaviors are guided by unconscious drives
Genetic science about the extent to which our lives and inclinations are programmed into our biological constitution
Discoveries about organic aspects of our personalities
A & B only
All of the above