As You Would Want Done Unto Your Children

I saw this on Facebook, and it made me wonder whether this could lead to a more powerful restatement of the Golden Rule. We may forego our own needs, but we will often trample others in the interests of our own children. When we do that, we forget that those we trample are someone's children, [Read More...]

Morality and Religion

The image was apparently created by an atheist. But contrary to what some claim, there is no particular reason why its viewpoint ought to be considered inherently atheistic. If we look at the Biblical literature, rarely if ever does anyone in it claim that it requires special divine revelation for human beings to tell right [Read More...]

Revised Platinum Rule

The text comes from a comment by GakuseiDon on a post about the relative merits of the so-called Silver Rule, Golden Rule, and Platinum Rule. [Read more...]

Silver, Gold, and Platinum

Sabio Lantz posted this image: In the post, he argues that the Golden Rule is deeply flawed. The post mirrors a discussion we had here a while back, in response to a Sunday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon. Many commenters then suggested that the Golden Rule, unless understood in an unnecessarily literal fashion, is really about [Read More...]

The Golden Rule with Error Adjustment

Via Facebook [Read more...]

Is There A Perfect Ethical Principle?

As a Christian, I seek to live by the Golden Rule. SMBC has a cartoon which calls into question whether even that principle represents a perfect ethical law (HT Hemant Mehta): I doubt (although feel free not to correct me) that anyone actually has the fetish mentioned in the cartoon. But I can well imagine [Read More...]

Picking and Choosing, Loving Your (LGBT) Neighbor, and the 76 Things Banned in Leviticus

Fred Clark began a recent post on his blog by pointing to a list of 76 things banned in Leviticus that someone posted online, and a subsequent self-scoring against the list posted at Tad’s Happy Funtime (click through to see where C3P0 gets a mention). Fred used this jumping off point to notice that pretty [Read More...]

Miley Cyrus on Marriage Equality

I am impressed by Miley Cyrus’ grasp of that central Christian principle, the Golden Rule. Here’s an excerpt of something she wrote recently (defending a tattoo she got symbolizing that “all love is equal”): Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Ted Troxell)

There is no essence of Christianity. There is only Christianity as it manifests in a given time and place practiced by people who are always already themselves contextually situated. Even things that look like internal reductions — Jesus’ take on the shema, or his invocation of the Golden Rule, or James’ “true religion” of looking after [Read More...]


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