When Tony Carnes, our award-winning senior news writer, arrived in Oakland to begin reporting this issue's cover story, he quickly found himself drawn into its fast-paced ethos: His rental car agent gave him a free upgrade to a new, metallic blue Mustang convertible. Tony got behind the wheel and headed for Highway 101, which stretches south through Silicon Valley to San Jose. There he had interviews scheduled with Christian executives in the computer technology industry.

A sociologist specializing in urban settings and immigrant communities, Tony brings a global perspective to his writing for Christianity Today. He draws on many years of research at Columbia University in New York City, where he is chairman of the Seminar on Contents and Methods in the Social Sciences. Tony also heads up the International Research Institute on Values Changes and its sister organization, the Research Institute for New Americans. With Anna Karpathakis, Tony edited the book New York Glory: Religions in the City (New York University Press, 2001).

Tony has covered white-collar crime for CT, as well as presidential politics, international religious liberty, urban affairs, and religion in public education. This broad experience prepared Tony for understanding the growing role for Christians in Silicon Valley, which is just emerging from a historic downturn with thousands of layoffs and a sharp increase in corporate bankruptcies.

According to Tony, several elements of Silicon Valley make it an unusual place. For example, one Silicon Valley obsession is being connected and available 24/7. One executive he interviewed had four telephone lines at home, plus a fax line, two cell phones, two e-mail accounts, and (at work) another four telephone lines, ...

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