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Spring 2023 book selection — Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon ValleyWork, Pray, Code: When wor becomes religion in Silicon Valley by Carolyn Chen book cover

We are proud to announce our spring selection: Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley by Carolyn Chen.

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Work Pray Code explores how tech companies are bringing religion into the workplace in ways that replace traditional places of worship. This practice blurs the line between work and religion and changes the nature of spiritual experience in modern life. Carolyn Chen spent over five years gaining unprecedented access to the tech world and conducting interviews. The result is a critical account of how work now satisfies workers’ needs for belonging, identity, purpose, and transcendence that religion once met. Chen argues that tech firms offer spiritual care to make their employees more productive. But our religious traditions, communities, and the public sphere are paying the price. Work Pray Code shows what can happen when work becomes religion and the workplace becomes the institution that shapes our souls.

This book was selected in partnership with the Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue Program.


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