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. Which of the following did not have his/their heart(s) hardened by God?
The Moabite king Sihon
The army of Canaan
Question 2. What is the most significant problem that modern science has contributed to the free will question?
Science has isolated a single "free will" gene
Some contemporary scientific thinking attributes much of human behavior to biological and psychological factors
Chaos theory has shown it is impossible to predict human behavior
Both science and religion have agreed that free will is a basic factor in the human brain
Question 3. According to Maimonides, Godís "special providence" is limited to
Question 4. True or false: The Bible has examples of God announcing predetermined events and interfering with individual choices.
Question 5. What did the Hasidic Izbicer Rebbe teach about free will?
Humans do not have the ability to choose their actions
God is the source of all human actions
Humans can control their thoughts and intentions
All of these
None of these
Question 6. Which modern thinker believed that the goal of a human's development is freedom and independence?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Question 7. Elliot Dorff, a Conservative rabbi and theologian, has used arguments about genetic predeterminism and free will to respond to what issue?
Rights for Homosexuals
Freedom of speech