SALT LAKE CITY — Russell Moore has been asking tough questions about technology for years. Who should control human cloning? What’s the definition of a human? Are sex robots sinful?

The problem is people think he’s joking.

“Whenever I raise some of the most pressing questions, they seem, to most people, to be like science fiction,” said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s most prominent evangelical Christian denomination.

He doesn’t mean the questions that way. To Moore, sex robots, artificial intelligence and other technological developments are serious business.

“This is what’s been keeping me awake at night for years,” he said.

So he’s trading questions for statements.

This week, Moore’s organization released “Artificial Intelligence: An Evangelical Statement of Principles,” a declaration he hopes will help guide humanity through overwhelming technological and scientific change. Developed through dialogue with medical, legal, political, technological and ethical experts, it urges caution as well as creativity.

Anne Kim, Provided by the ERLC

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, speaks at the April 11 launch event for his organization’s statement on artificial intelligence.

“As part of our God-given creative nature, human beings …read more


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