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. 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 2. 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
Question 3. True or false: The Bible has examples of God announcing predetermined events and interfering with individual choices.
Question 4. Which Jewish philosopher suggested that God knows the options from which we will choose, but doesnít know the specific choice we will make?
Question 5. Which Jewish philosopher comes closest to asserting that humans do not have free will?
Question 6. According to Maimonides, Godís "special providence" is limited to
Question 7. True or false: Jewish tradition assumes that humansí actions are significant in the greater scheme of things.