"It is now clear why the biblical story does not begin with Abraham. Responsibility is not a given of the human situation. On the contrary, it is all too easy to deny it. It wasn't my fault (Adam). I don't see why I shouldn't do what I wish, not what I ought (Cain). I am responsible for myself, not others (Noah). We are answerable to no one but ourselves (Babel). The journey to responsibility is long, and there are many temptations to stop short of the final destination. But in the end, there is no real alternative if we are to live our full humanity."
- Jonathan Sacks