November 20, 2021

Silicon Valley makes a god of Big Tech. But religious faith is exactly what it needs.

Peter Rex | Opinion contributor

I crossed myself before lunch and then was peppered with questions. Do some tech bosses really not know a single Christian?

The venture capitalist had never seen anything like it. In hundreds if not thousands of pitch meetings he'd run, no one seems to have ever crossed themselves. When I did just that – moving my hand from forehead to chest to both shoulders before digging into lunch – the questions came flying. What was that, what does it mean, why do you do it? This incident, in a 2018 pitch, was far from an outlier. I've found that Silicon Valley has little knowledge of faith, yet faith is exactly what it needs.

Before I began building and investing in tech companies in the mid-2010s, I knew that religious belief was rare in the industry. Surveys show that at least half of tech workers are atheists or agnostic, compared to just 7% of Americans, and a 2018 episode of Silicon Valley half-joked that it’s easier to come out of the closet than it is to come out as Christian.


Originally appeared on: USA Today