1. The Imago Dei
2. The Shema
The Jewish insistence on monotheism, together with its insistence that God created, gives rise to the belief that there is a single set of coherent principles governing the way the universe works.
3. Principles are discoverable
4. Man works in partnership with God
It had also been decided at Sinai, Rabbi Joshua respectfully reminded God, that in the event of a dispute, the majority should decide. God and R. Eliezer were on one side, but there were more on the other: thus God’s side lost. God laughed, we’re told. ‘My children have conquered me’. That laugh was the proud laugh of the father who delights in being caught out by his children. It’s a great moment when that happens.