Jesus of Nazareth
(c. 4BC - c. 33AD)

idealised image of the Good Shepherd
"In the golden rule of Jesus of Nazareth, we read
the complete spirit of the ethics of utility."

John Stuart Mill

Critics charge utilitarianism with placing an impossible burden of sacrifice on the individual. The same charge can be levelled at the famous injunction of Jesus of Nazareth: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “Love thy neighbour as oneself”. Treating Jesus as some kind of proto-utilitarian probably stretches the concept too far. But theological utilitarians may disagree.

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