The “golden rule” is prevalent in every significant monotheistic religion and deeply influences many other traditions.
In Judaism, the rule is exemplified in the biblical obligation to “love your neighbor,” which was adopted by Rabbi Hillel to mean that which is hateful unto you do not unto others. Jesus interpreted the rule to mean “do unto others” and brought it to great fame and prominence. The book traces the twists and turns of the journey taken by the golden rule and spotlights its appearance in Greek Altruism, Zoroastrianism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism.
After reading this collection, there can be little doubt that this powerful rule has had an enormous influence in shaping religious beliefs throughout the centuries and around the world. This study lends credence to the principle that religions have at their core certain overarching concepts that emphasize basic ethical teachings and that instruct believers to act morally and honorably.