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Golden Rule
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The “Golden Rule” (a phrase not used before the 16th cent.) identifies the principle formulated in Matt. 7:12a and its parallel Luke 6:31, with either positive or negative parallels also among the Greeks (though hardly in philosophical ethics), the Romans, and the Jews (from the Hellenistic period), as well as in China, India, and elsewhere. It rests on the insight that life in society demands regulated giving and receiving, acting and reacting. It is thus a formal statement of what is generally demanded by way of social conduct, …

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Burchard, Christoph, “Golden Rule”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G170>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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