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. Many kabbalists believe that God's providence does not extend to which of the following?
People who do not study Kabbalah
Question 2. Which Jewish philosopher comes closest to asserting that humans do not have free will?
Question 3. Who believed that free will doesn't really exist, but human beings need to believe it does?
Question 4. 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 5. True or false: The Bible has examples of God announcing predetermined events and interfering with individual choices.
Question 6. 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 7. What does the term hashgahah mean?