Chris­tians can’t claim the golden rule

RE: Chris­tian­ity gave us the golden rule (May 10)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

The writer asks if an­other cor­re­spon­dent “knows” that the golden rule is “founded” in Chris­tian­ity. Fact check: Vari­ants of the golden rule are found in all sorts of an­cient wis­dom, from Con­fu­cius (“Don’t do to oth­ers what you don’t want them to do to you” 551-470 BC) to Zoroaster (“Don’t do to oth­ers what isn’t good for you” c. 500 BC) and on and on, in­clud­ing the pre-Christ Old Tes­ta­ment books (“Love your neigh­bour as your­self ” Leviti­cus 19:18). And let’s not quib­ble over the word­ing. English didn’t even ex­ist when the orig­i­nal sources emerged, but the idea be­hind the “rule” clearly did and it is clearly not ex­clu­sive to or founded by Chris­tian­ity. Tony Carl­son, Wa­ter­down

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