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. 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 2. 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 3. Which Christian thinker's view on free will parallels Maimonides' view?
Question 4. According to Maimonides, God’s "special providence" is limited to
Question 5. Who believed that free will doesn't really exist, but human beings need to believe it does?
Question 6. Which of these modern scientific advances challenge the Jewish idea of free will?
Sigmund Freud's suggestion that our behaviors are guided by unconscious drives
Genetic science about the extent to which our lives and inclinations are programmed into our biological constitution
Discoveries about organic aspects of our personalities
A & B only
All of the above
Question 7. Which of the following thinkers posited that having free choice is not as good a state as doing right automatically?