This work offers a comprehensive survey of the history of the golden rule, "Do unto others as you want others to do unto you". It traces the rule's history in contexts as diverse as the writings of Confucius and the Greek philosophers, the Bible, modern theology and philosophy, and the American "self-help" context. It concludes by offering its own synthesis of these varied understandings.
As a student, Jeffrey Wattles abandoned religion in favor of analytic philosophy and Nietzsche's existentialism only to rediscover the life and teachings of Jesus. As Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Kent State University, he teaches his students how to integrate scientific, philosophic, and religious perspectives.