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 Christian thinker's view on free will parallels Maimonides' view?
Question 2. According to Maimonides, God’s "special providence" is limited to
Question 3. Many kabbalists believe that God's providence does not extend to which of the following?
People who do not study Kabbalah
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. How does Maimonides deal with the problem of free choice?
By embracing the idea that man has free will, but that God has foreknowledge with what each person will choose
By rejecting the concept outright
By saying that God rejects free will, but God wants human beings to believe that it exists
All of these
None of these
Question 6. Who said that "everything is foreseen [by God], yet man has the capacity to choose freely"?
Shimon bar Yohai
Hanina ben Hama
Question 7. Which Jewish philosopher suggested that God knows the options from which we will choose, but doesn’t know the specific choice we will make?