In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus summarizes the core message of His teaching: “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you” (Mt 7:12). This idea, called the Golden Rule, is foundational to the Christian life. Now, you can to join one of the world’s leading authorities on the Golden Rule in applying these words to your daily life.
Sometimes written as “treat others as you want to be treated,” the Golden Rule is the basis for a powerful ethical system. Under the guidance of Fr. Harry Gensler, S.J., you will explore its applications in Scripture, philosophy, and modern life.
The Golden Rule can help you better reflect on your daily duties and promote human rights. This 12-lecture course will provide you with firm guidance in applying the Golden Rule wisely and readily in your life.
Nearly every religion—including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism—embraces the Golden Rule. It thus provides a common ethical standard with which to engage in interreligious dialogue in our increasingly diverse world.
You will explore four essential areas of the Golden Rule: its basic applications, how it relates to religion, practicing the Golden Rule, and its history. This course is perfect for Christians looking to expand their knowledge of philosophy while engaging more deeply in the world. Come to appreciate the clarity and power of Earth’s most important moral ideal: the Golden Rule.
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About Your Presenter
Fr. Harry J. Gensler, S.J., Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading authorities on ethics and the Golden Rule, a Jesuit priest, and a Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. His has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan (1977), a Master of Divinity from Loyola University Chicago, and an M.A. in Philosophy from Wayne State University. He has published thirteen books and many articles in the areas of logic, ethics, and Catholic philosophy, including Introduction to Logic, Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction, and Anthology of Catholic Philosophy. His book, Ethics and the Golden Rule (Routledge Press, 2013) is an important work on the Golden Rule, its philosophical foundations, and its applications.
Praise for Harry Gensler
“Gensler is the world’s most logical, clear, and good-humored teacher of the golden rule. Gensler’s super-clear and sometimes funny visual aids keep you laughing and learning. He clarifies misunderstandings and refutes cheap attacks on the rule; and he brings in practical wisdom, historical information, and diverse religious perspectives. This lecture series is not to be missed.”
– Jeffrey Wattles, Kent State University
“Professor Harry Gensler’s life-long fascination with the Golden Rule brings us works that meet the most rigorous scrutiny of philosophers and provide a simple and powerful moral tool any person can apply every day.”
– Leland R. Beaumont
“Harry Gensler has done outstanding and extremely important work on the Golden-Rule… His work is very clear, very strongly argued, and highly original. This work is an outstanding contribution to ethical theory and has many important applications in applied/practical ethics.”
– Thomas Carson, Loyola University Chicago
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