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. Who believed that free will doesn't really exist, but human beings need to believe it does?
Question 2. True or false: In antiquity, the different sects in Israel (Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes) all agreed about fate and determinism.
Question 3. Which Jewish philosopher suggested that God knows the options from which we will choose, but doesn’t know the specific choice we will make?
Question 4. 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 5. True or false: Jewish tradition assumes that humans’ actions are significant in the greater scheme of things.
Question 6. True or false: The Bible has examples of God announcing predetermined events and interfering with individual choices.
Question 7. 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