Human Responsibility and Divine Providence


Does God play a role in my life on a day-to-day basis? What responsibilities do I have to protect myself? In this lesson, learners will study a number of classical Jewish texts, as well as a contemporary viewpoint, that address these profound questions.  Learners will be challenged to confront their personal views as they consider several different scenarios which pose the philosophical dilemma of human responsibility.

The learner will:

  1. Understand the interplay between divine providence and human responsibility

  2. know how different Jewish sources and thinkers approach the question of divine providence and human responsibility 

  3. be able to examine a variety of scenarios and write a reasoned argument as to why they should be allowed or forbidden from participating in these activities, using the sources to back up their arguments 

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