WASHINGTON (RNS) — Artificial intelligence may allow technology to help people make wise decisions and work more efficiently.

But it is not morally neutral, argues a group of Southern Baptist and other evangelical leaders in a new declaration about technology and ethics.

“We affirm the use of AI to inform and aid human reasoning and moral decision-making because it is a tool that excels at processing data and making determinations, which often mimics or exceeds human ability,” according to the statement titled “Artificial Intelligence: An Evangelical Statement of Principles.”

“While AI excels in data-based computation, technology is incapable of possessing the capacity for moral agency or responsibility.”

Dozens of people gathered Thursday (April 11) at an event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious

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