Is AI out to get Christians? Does AI have an anti-Christian bias? I’ve read many, many articles where the author’s main concern with AI is its supposed anti-Christian bias. This concern is a huge stop sign for many Christians — understandably so. Why embrace something that we’re being told doesn’t embrace our fundamental way of viewing the world? But is there proof AI is biased in this way? Or is it a lot of talk with no substance? Let’s dig in.

What is Bias?

Bias can be defined as preferential treatment for or against a person where that treatment is perceived as unfair. For example, I may try a vegetable and dislike it. If I then assume all vegetables taste bad because of my experience with one vegetable, that’s showing a bias

Bias clearly exists in our world today. Everyone has biases, in one way or another. We create preferences from past experiences and perceptions based on what we see. Some biases are relatively harmless, like assuming all fish taste disgusting. Other biases can be quite harmful, especially when unfair assumptions about people keep them from getting a job or a loan for a house.

Can a Person be Truly Unbiased?

The term “bias” is often thrown around like a weapon, used to accuse anything that disagrees with our personal beliefs as being “biased” against us. People  commonly accuse news stations that don’t conform to their personal beliefs as being “biased.” The assumption here is that we are somehow unbiased while the new station we disagree with is the one carrying bias.

Here’s the truth. We all carry biases and preferences. As long as we exist in the world, no one is immune to bias. Part of growing as a human being is uncovering and confronting our personal biases. This may mean trying vegetables or fish instead of assuming they’re all bad forever. This may also mean confronting our ideological assumptions and understanding the world from alternate perspectives before assuming everyone is an enemy and out to get us.

Understanding Christian Bias

Christians tend to like the topic of bias. It’s true that we have a real enemy, prowling around like a lion in the world, perpetuating lies and looking for someone to steal, kill, or destroy. It’s also true that we hold a specific perspective about the world that we consider true. However, we can’t assume that every alternate perspective is birthed by bias. Remember, we all carry bias. Our perspective isn’t without bias while everyone else’s is.

Is AI Biased?

If we understand that people are biased, then it’s natural to think that AI will develop some bias as well. This bias is based on the conscious and unconscious views and preferences of the person or team training the large language model.

For example, if a person asks an AI image generator to create an image of Jesus, the AI generator’s internal coding model will create an image based on whatever data it was trained on. Images of Jesus often end up looking like a white hippie with long hair and a beard.

Over time artificial intelligence can become less biased as researchers scrub data of unhealthy assumptions like racism and other toxic behavior. However, handling AI bias is a tricky task. Recently, Google’s Gemini attempted to address ethnic assumptions built into their image model. They overcompensated and failed miserably. The good news is, companies both acknowledge and are trying to address conscious and unconscious bias.

Although it’s possible that one day an AI company could consider Christianity to be a “discriminatory” belief system and try to scrub our info from their systems, it’s very unlikely for this to ever happen. Christians represent a huge group of users and potential users to generative AI companies. Therefore, it would be ridiculous for them to limit any group’s ability to receive accurate and helpful responses based on their preferred perspective.

How to Protect Against Bias

So is there proof AI is biased against Christians? No. Although it may not always share our personal beliefs out of the box, that doesn’t mean it’s out to get Christians.

Followers of Jesus can direct any AI platform to offer responses that align with their personal beliefs. All you have to do is give your generative AI model a persona before giving it your task. Here are some potential personas you could use:

As a seasoned evangelical pastor…

Acting as a seminary professor…

Using the theological perspective of Southern Baptists…

Once you give your AI a persona, continue with your question. You’ll immediately notice how the responses better align with your personal faith and convictions.

Should Christians Worry about AI Bias?

It would be unfair and inaccurate to assume that AI is somehow biased against Christians.

AI bias is something everyone should monitor, including Christians. We should be concerned if any company suggests limiting personas or attempts to determine which personas it feels are dangerous. As long as AI companies freely allow the use of personas, Christians will be able to conform responses to align with our beliefs.

Right now, we can freely ask any AI to respond as if it were a Christ-following, Bible-believing follower of Jesus and that’s good news.