(RNS) — Americans have been abandoning religion for a long time. But much like the scientific principle that matter, though it changes forms, never disappears, so too, the religious impulse never quite goes away.
Carolyn Chen identifies where that religious impulse has reemerged — at work. In her new book, “Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley,” she examines how high-skilled workers have disinvested from organized religion and are instead finding belonging, identity, purpose and transcendence at the office.
Chen, a sociologist and professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley, spent five years interviewing tech workers at Google, Facebook and smaller startups to learn how and why they decided to give their undivided loyalty to the companies where they work.