Isn't it in one sense trivially true that that most of everything in the west was founded by Christians? (most people in the west were Christian for a very long time)
But FWIW many EA charity founders are active Christians.
Bruce Friedrich, founder of GFI (an ACE top-rated animal charity) is firmly Catholic. See --> https://www.christiansforimpact.org/episodes/bruce-friedrich
Paul Niehaus, cofounder of Give directly is Christian. See -->
The founder of ID Insights and many
Charity Entrepreneurship charities are religious, too. The EA Christian directory has a list of many.
What makes EA development charities special isn't being Christian/non Christian. It's being evidence -based, willing to update on new information, willing to share info, and being highly positively impactful on the margin, etc.
Most charities (Christian or non Christian) are not this.
Plenty of Christians would love more neartermist career content (and would be unlikely to engage with 80k as it's currently branded). So over the past year a group of Christian EAs created an advisory for this, under the direction of EA for Christians
Thank you for this post.I find the closing comment especially striking "So, I want a more synodal Catholic Church because I find secular communities like nerdfighters, like Effective Altruism9, like the Covid Tracking Project and yes, like some LGBT activists the church persecutes are running laps around the bishops on some of the most important issues of our time."As far as I can tell (and as much as it disappoints me as a fellow Christian), your conclusion is correct.
Thanks for writing this! A couple of random thoughts
I appreciate efforts to get Christians on board about AI risks, but respectfully, Antichrist memes aren't generally taken very seriously. A fundamental issue seems to be that most people (Christians included) don't take superhuman AI as a credible threat. How then could it be a candidate for the Antichrist?
Related to this thread, Rory Stewart is speaking on "Can EA convince governments to make international aid effective" at the EA Christian 2023 annual conference.
Excellent! Looking forward to seeing you there.
This looks excellent! I'm keen to support this in any way I can.
“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”
Forget fish. Just send cash.
Popular myth says "teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime".
But 200+ studies say "give a poor man cash, lift him out of poverty".
Let's stick to the research.
Teach a man to fish, feed him for a year (maybe).
Give a poor man cash, lift him out of poverty.