Universally Known, Uniquely Shown
Some might raise the threat of relativism because “Do to others what you want others to do to you” hinges on what we want or desire. Though GR is universally known, it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. The immediate context of Jesus’ statement includes a robust view of love situated in a broader theological context for understanding good in terms of what is objectively desirable, not merely what is subjectively desired. Christianity claims that the very source of goodness made the world such that everyone can reliably map onto it and intuit the basic moral order, making relatively accurate inferences about reality. It’s little wonder that the rudiments of universities and public education, modern science, medicine and hospitals, and the abolition of slavery all emerged in Christian Europe. Christianity makes the best sense of both the universality of GR and its most robust intuited formulation. The Golden Rule is most at home on a Christocentric view of the world.
 Much of the content of this article first appeared in The Christian Research Journal, “The Golden Rule: Evidence for Christianity over Competing Worldviews and Religions,” Vol 42 (Dec 2019): 62-71.
 For contemporary and historical treatments, see Jeffrey Wattles, The Golden Rule (Oxford University Press, 1996); The Golden Rule: The Ethics of Reciprocity in World Religions, eds. Jacob Neusner and Bruce Chilton (Continuum, 2008).
 Donald Pfaff, The Neuroscience of Fair Play: Why We (Usually) Follow the Golden Rule (New York: Dana Press, 2007), 3.
 Babylonian Talmud (Shabbat 31a), The William Davidson Talmud, www.sefaria.org/Shabbat.31a. For Judaism, while Hillel’s statement represents SR, one can argue that the ancient Jewish position suggests GR roots if grounded in Leviticus 19:18, “love your neighbor as yourself” (NIV).
 Jami Al-Tirmidhi, Vol. 4, Book 35, Hadith 2515.
 Confucius, The Analects (London: Penguin Books, 1979), 12.2.
 John Ireland, The Udana: Inspired Utterances of the Buddha (Kandy, Sri Lanka: Buddhist Publication Society, 1990), 68.
 The Mahabharata (Book 13: Anusasana Parvan 113.8), trans., Kisari Mohan Ganguli, Sacred Texts, https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/index.htm.
 Michael Ruse, Darwinism as Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), ix.
 Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981), 106.
 Alex Rosenberg, The Atheists Guide to Reality (New York: Norton and Company, 2011), 95.
 Michael Ruse, The Darwinian Paradigm (London: Routledge, 1989), 262, 268–9.
 Explanatory scope pertains to the range of facts or evidences explained. Explanatory power relates to the likelihood of the evidences explained.
 Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 9, Book 88, Hadith 6922.
 Rosenberg, The Atheists Guide to Reality, 103.
 Ibid., 109.
 Donald Hoffman, The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes (New York: Norton, 2019).