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 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 2. 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 3. Which Jewish philosopher comes closest to asserting that humans do not have free will?
Question 4. True or false: Jewish tradition assumes that humans’ actions are significant in the greater scheme of things.
Question 5. Who believed that free will doesn't really exist, but human beings need to believe it does?
Question 6. Which Christian thinker's view on free will parallels Maimonides' view?
Question 7. Who said that "everything is foreseen [by God], yet man has the capacity to choose freely"?
Shimon bar Yohai
Hanina ben Hama