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 Jewish philosopher comes closest to asserting that humans do not have free will?
Question 2. Which of the following did not have his/their heart(s) hardened by God?
The Moabite king Sihon
The army of Canaan
Question 3. According to Maimonides, God’s "special providence" is limited to
Question 4. Which of these problems concerned medieval philosophers?
How to reconcile free will and divine providence
How to reconcile free will and divine foreknowledge
How to ensure that human beings experience the feeling of freedom
A & B only
All of the above
Question 5. Which Christian thinker's view on free will parallels Maimonides' view?
Question 6. Which of the following thinkers posited that having free choice is not as good a state as doing right automatically?
Question 7. What does Abraham Joshua Heschel believe about free will?
The self does not belong to the physical world, and it possesses and controls the will
The laws of Judaism reflect a conviction that the human power to choose is weaker than is generally supposed
Humans have come to look at life as completely predetermined, and they need to free themselves from this view, whether or not it is true
All of these
None of these