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. According to Maimonides, Godís "special providence" is limited to
Question 2. What does the Apocryphal writer Ben Sira believe about predetermination?
That God has predetermined human character from birth
That humanity is divided into two antithetical groups, the godly and the sinners
That human beings are free to choose their individual life paths and must not blame God for their transgressions
All of these
None of these
Question 3. 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 4. True or false: Jewish tradition assumes that humansí actions are significant in the greater scheme of things.
Question 5. Which modern thinker believed that the goal of a human's development is freedom and independence?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Question 6. Who believed that free will doesn't really exist, but human beings need to believe it does?
Question 7. Which of the following did not have his/their heart(s) hardened by God?
The Moabite king Sihon
The army of Canaan