The Golden Rule (self=Other) and God

The Golden Rule (treat the Other as self; self=Other, as opposed to self>Other, as in egoism, or self<Other, as in some utilitarian theories) is both…
  • the why (the end; consequentialist/teleological theories) and
  • how (the means; conduct/duty theories) of both
  • being (virtue theory) and
  • doing (conduct/duty theories)
  • (be=do=end).
Only the Golden Rule completely answers each aspect of the question “How and why should we be/behave with the Other/self?” and so it is justified above all other theories in Ethics.
It is found in every major culture/religion, suggesting a hunger which would not exist if there were…
  • nothing to satisfy it
  • nothing to which the Golden Rule corresponds
  • no Being/Doing which is described by the Golden Rule
  • no Being/Doing which commands in accordance with His good nature/essence
  • no Being/Doing which demonstrates the Golden Rule, loving us as He loves Himself, as Christ demonstrated on the cross in taking our place and imputing his righteousness onto us.

Any thoughts this Holy Week?

God (is) the Golden Rule (ought) without offending Hume

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About Maryann

Maryann Spikes is the past President of the Christian Apologetics Alliance. She blogs at Ichthus77, and loves apologetics and philosophy. In particular she loves to study all things Euthyphro Dilemma and Golden Rule. A para-educator (autism) for five years, she holds a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, an AA in Humanities via Modesto Junior College, and moonlights as a freelancer. You can follow her on Twitter @Ichthus77, connect with the Ichthus77 community on Facebook, or look her up on Google+.
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