Given that some people will only ever give to Christian organisations, what steps could we take?

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by Alex Rattee


In a previous post I defended that Christians should give to organisations on the basis of effectiveness and should not take too much consideration of whether an organisation is Christian or not.

In this post I want to explore what pro-active steps the Christian EA community could take given that some Christians will only ever want to give to specifically Christian organisations and that there may, as outlined in the previous post, be some particular benefits that could be realised by this approach. This post is primarily about documenting some of the most obvious available options and I do not evaluate them here. Continue reading “Given that some people will only ever give to Christian organisations, what steps could we take?”

An update on the make-up of the EA for Christians community

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by JD Bauman


It’s been about a year since we last shared survey insights about the Christians and Effective Altruism Facebook Group, the primary gathering place globally for Christians who are interested in effective altruism.

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s fitting we share new insights about the group. As of writing this, the group consists of 570 members. The standing total of 156 survey responses suggests that one in four members took the survey. If we extrapolate survey findings to the group as a whole (not necessarily accurate, but our best approximation), we come to the following findings: Continue reading “An update on the make-up of the EA for Christians community”

Should we only give to Christian organisations?

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by Alex Rattee


Many Christians want to direct their charitable donations to specifically Christian organisations. In this blog I argue that Christians are not bound to only support Christian organisations. In a follow-up post I explore what pro-active steps the Christian EA community could take given that some Christians will only ever want to give to Christian organisations. Continue reading “Should we only give to Christian organisations?”

Love with all your mind

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by Stefan Höschele


Does Jesus’ statement, “Love God … with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37 NIV) support effective altruism? 

While Jesus was of course not directly talking about effective altruism, this key verse of the New Testament interprets “loving” as something that is not a feeling but an action done in a reasoned manner. The statement demands serious altruism, which supports the principle of effectiveness in altruism. Continue reading “Love with all your mind”

Against duty-based arguments for giving to the local church

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by Alex Rattee


Rather than arguing that donating to one’s local church is the way of bringing about the most good in the world, the most plausible arguments in favour of giving substantial amounts to the local church seem to me to be that the relationship that church members have with their church create specific obligations on them to donate to their churches even if it does not lead to the most global good overall. Continue reading “Against duty-based arguments for giving to the local church”

Does Jesus care if I get things done? Thoughts on What’s Best Next

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by Jill Kuehnert


I begin to write this article at 6:30 in the morning, after spending a half-hour reading a daily devotional text and writing in my journal, but before turning on my phone or checking email.

I’ll admit that I don’t start every day like this, but it seems fitting today to follow the advice from Matt Perman, the author of the book What’s Best Next: How the Gospel transforms the way you get things done. Continue reading “Does Jesus care if I get things done? Thoughts on What’s Best Next”

A local-church-centred approach to Christian effective altruism

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by Joe Tulloch


In a previous post for this blog, I argued that donations to one’s local church cannot be considered effective giving. In this second article, which is the product of fruitful discussion at the recent Effective Altruism for Christians conference, I develop and modify this conclusion, suggesting that, while this is currently the case, Christian effective altruists ought to encourage their local churches to become effective enough to support. Continue reading “A local-church-centred approach to Christian effective altruism”