Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1987

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) Subject ID (See ARDA summary page) (SID)
2) Date run (DATERUN)
TOTAL%
1) 01/25/198622.0
2) 01/26/198644.1
3) 01/15/198711.0
4) 01/19/198722.0
5) 01/20/198733.1
6) 01/21/198755.1
7) 01/22/198711.0
8) 01/24/198722.0
9) 01/27/198733.1
10) 01/28/198711.0
11) 01/29/198755.1
12) 01/30/198711.0
13) 01/31/198722.0
14) 02/02/198766.1
15) 02/03/198722.0
16) 02/04/198766.1
17) 02/05/198722.0
18) 02/06/198733.1
19) 02/08/198711.0
20) 02/09/198766.1
21) 02/10/198733.1
22) 02/11/198733.1
23) 02/12/198733.1
24) 02/13/198711.0
25) 02/16/198711.0
26) 02/18/198711.0
27) 02/19/198733.1
28) 02/20/198722.0
29) 02/21/198711.0
30) 02/23/198722.0
31) 02/24/198766.1
32) 02/25/198722.0
33) 02/26/198711.0
34) 02/28/198711.0
35) 03/02/198711.0
36) 03/04/198711.0
37) 03/05/198722.0
38) 03/16/198711.0
39) 03/18/198711.0
40) 03/19/198711.0
41) 03/20/198711.0
42) 03/24/198711.0
43) 04/11/198711.0
TOTAL98100.0
3) Session start time (STARTIME)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL9849.528
4) Respondent's sex (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Female4950.0
2) Male4950.0
TOTAL98100.0
5) Respondent's race (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White8384.7
2) Black1212.2
3) Asian11.0
4) Pacific Islander11.0
5) Other11.0
TOTAL98100.0
6) Year in college (CLASSYR)
TOTAL%
1) Freshman3838.8
2) Sophomore2222.4
3) Junior2020.4
4) Senior1818.4
TOTAL98100.0
7) Letter assignment code (LETTER)
TOTAL%
1) 2525.5
2) 2424.5
3) 2424.5
4) 2525.5
TOTAL98100.0
8) Anon letter assignment code (ALET)
TOTAL%
1) 2424.5
2) 2525.5
3) 2424.5
4) 2525.5
TOTAL98100.0
9) Regular group name (GNAME)
10) Anon group name (ANAME)
11) Respondent's birthdate (BDATE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL9847.5127
12) Reg group partner SID (G1)
13) Reg group member 1 SID (G2)
14) Reg group member 2 SID (G3)
15) Anon group partner SID (A1)
16) Anon group member 1 SID (A2)
17) Anon group member 2 SID (A3)
18) Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing what you believe about God? (Choose one answer) (RELGC1)
TOTAL%
1) I know God really exists and I have no doubts about it.4343.9
2) While I have doubts, I feel that I do believe in God.3333.7
3) I find myself believing in God some of the time, but not at other times.55.1
4) I don't believe in a personal God, but I do believe in a higher power of some kind.44.1
5) I don't know whether there is a God and I don't believe there is any way to find out.66.1
6) I don't believe in God.44.1
7) None of the above represents what I believe.33.1
TOTAL98100.0
19) Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing what you believe about Jesus? (Choose one answer) (RELGC2)
TOTAL%
1) Jesus is the Divine Son of God and I have no doubts about it.5354.1
2) While I have some doubts, I feel basically that Jesus is Divine.2121.4
3) I feel that Jesus is a great man and very holy, but I don't feel Him to be the Son of God any more than all of us are children of God.44.1
4) I think that Jesus was only a man although an extraordinary one.77.1
5) Frankly, I'm not entirely sure there was such a person as Jesus.55.1
6) None of the above represents what I believe.88.2
TOTAL98100.0
20) The Bible tells of many miracles, some credited to Christ and some to other prophets and apostles. Generally speaking, which of the following statements comes closest to what you believe about Biblical miracles? (Choose one answer) (RELGC3)
TOTAL%
1) I'm not sure whether these miracles really happened or not.3131.6
2) I believe miracles are stories and never really happened.1111.2
3) I believe the miracles happened, but can be explained by natural causes.1515.3
4) I believe the miracles actually happened just as the Bible says they did.4141.8
TOTAL98100.0
21) The Devil actually exists. (Choose how certain you are this is true.) (RELGC4)
TOTAL%
1) Completely true3434.7
2) Probably true3636.7
3) Probably not true1818.4
4) Definitely not true1010.2
TOTAL98100.0
22) Belief in Jesus Christ as Saviour is... (Choose one answer) (RELGC5)
TOTAL%
1) Absolutely necessary for salvation6061.2
2) Would probably help1919.4
3) Probably has no influence1919.4
TOTAL98100.0
23) Being a member of your particular religious faith is... (Choose one answer) (RELGC6)
TOTAL%
1) Absolutely necessary for salvation1010.2
2) Would probably help3838.8
3) Probably has no influence5051.0
TOTAL98100.0
24) Being completely ignorant of Jesus, as might be the case for people living in other countries, will... (Choose one answer) (RELGC7)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely prevent salvation66.1
2) May possibly prevent salvation3737.8
3) Probably has no influence on salvation5556.1
TOTAL98100.0
25) Doing good for others is ... (Choose one answer) (RELGC8)
TOTAL%
1) Absolutely necessary for salvation3838.8
2) Would probably help4849.0
3) Probably has no influence1212.2
TOTAL98100.0
26) Loving thy neighbor is ... (Choose one answer) (RELGC9)
TOTAL%
1) Absolutely necessary for salvation4040.8
2) Would probably help4343.9
3) Probably has no influence1515.3
TOTAL98100.0
27) How often do you attend Sunday worship services? (Choose the answer which comes closest to describing what you do.) (RELGC10)
TOTAL%
1) Every week66.1
2) Nearly every week99.2
3) About three times a month1111.2
4) About twice a month1010.2
5) About once a month1111.2
6) About every six weeks1010.2
7) About every three months1414.3
8) About once or twice a year1010.2
9) Less than once a year1717.3
TOTAL98100.0
28) How often, if at all, are table prayers or grace said before or after meals in your home? (RELGC11)
TOTAL%
1) We say grace at all meals2929.6
2) We say grace at least once a day2424.5
3) We say grace at least once a week55.1
4) We say grace, but only on special occasions2121.4
5) We never, or hardly ever, say grace1919.4
TOTAL98100.0
29) How often do you pray privately? (Choose the answer which comes closest to what you do.) (RELGC12)
TOTAL%
1) I never pray, or only do so at church services.1818.4
2) I pray only on very special occasions.55.1
3) I pray once in a while, but not at regular intervals.3131.6
4) I pray quite often, but not at regular times.1111.2
5) I pray regularly once a day or more.2525.5
6) I pray regularly several times a week.77.1
7) I pray regularly once a week.11.0
TOTAL98100.0
30) How important is prayer in your life? (RELGC13)
TOTAL%
1) Extremely important3030.6
2) Fairly important2424.5
3) Not too important2727.6
4) Not important1717.3
TOTAL98100.0
31) Listed below are a number of experiences of a religious nature which people have reported having. Have you ever had any of these experiences, and how sure are you that you had it? - A feeling that you were somehow in the presence of God. (RELGC14)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, I'm sure I have2727.6
2) Yes, I think I have3535.7
3) No3636.7
TOTAL98100.0
32) Listed below are a number of experiences of a religious nature which people have reported having. Have you ever had any of these experiences, and how sure are you that you had it? - A sense of being saved in Christ. (RELGC15)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, I'm sure I have2929.6
2) Yes, I think I have2626.5
3) No4343.9
TOTAL98100.0
33) Listed below are a number of experiences of a religious nature which people have reported having. Have you ever had any of these experiences, and how sure are you that you had it? - A feeling of being afraid of God. (RELGC16)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, I'm sure I have1919.4
2) Yes, I think I have1919.4
3) No6061.2
TOTAL98100.0
34) Listed below are a number of experiences of a religious nature which people have reported having. Have you ever had any of these experiences, and how sure are you that you had it? - A feeling of being punished by God for something you had done. (RELGC17)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, I'm sure I have1818.4
2) Yes, I think I have2727.6
3) No5354.1
TOTAL98100.0
35) Listed below are a number of experiences of a religious nature which people have reported having. Have you ever had any of these experiences, and how sure are you that you had it? - A feeling of being tempted by the Devil. (RELGC18)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, I'm sure I have2929.6
2) Yes, I think I have2525.5
3) No4444.9
TOTAL98100.0
36) Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - "For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Is it from the Bible? (RELGC19B)
TOTAL%
1) Yes6970.4
2) No2929.6
TOTAL98100.0
37) Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - "For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Do you agree? (RELGC19A)
TOTAL%
1) Yes4040.8
2) No5859.2
TOTAL98100.0
38) Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - "Blessed are the strong: for they shall be the sword of God." Is it from the Bible? (RELGC20B)
TOTAL%
1) Yes3838.8
2) No6061.2
TOTAL98100.0
39) Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - "Blessed are the strong: for they shall be the sword of God." Do you agree? (RELGC20A)
TOTAL%
1) Yes3838.8
2) No6061.2
TOTAL98100.0
40) Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Is it from the Bible? (RELGC21B)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1515.3
2) No8384.7
TOTAL98100.0
41) Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Do you agree? (RELGC21A)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1616.3
2) No8283.7
TOTAL98100.0
42) Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak." Is it from the Bible? (RELGC22B)
TOTAL%
1) Yes3737.8
2) No6162.2
TOTAL98100.0
43) Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak." Do you agree? (RELGC22A)
TOTAL%
1) Yes11.0
2) No9799.0
TOTAL98100.0
44) Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - "For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me." Is it from the Bible? (RELGC23B)
TOTAL%
1) Yes4343.9
2) No5556.1
TOTAL98100.0
45) Please read each of the following statements and do TWO things: FIRST, decide whether the statement is from the Bible or not; and SECOND, indicate whether or not you agree with the statement. (Please do this even if you think the statement is not from the Bible.) - "For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me." Do you agree? (RELGC23A)
TOTAL%
1) Yes2828.6
2) No7071.4
TOTAL98100.0
46) Which of the following were Old Testament prophets? CHECK AS MANY ANSWERS AS YOU THINK ARE CORRECT. - ELIJAH (ELIJAH)
TOTAL%
0) Not selected as an Old Testament prophet1919.4
1) Selected as an Old Testament prophet7980.6
TOTAL98100.0
47) Which of the following were Old Testament prophets? CHECK AS MANY ANSWERS AS YOU THINK ARE CORRECT. - DEUTERONOMY (DEUTERON)
TOTAL%
0) Not selected as an Old Testament prophet6364.3
1) Selected as an Old Testament prophet3535.7
TOTAL98100.0
48) Which of the following were Old Testament prophets? CHECK AS MANY ANSWERS AS YOU THINK ARE CORRECT. - JEREMIAH (JEREMIAH)
TOTAL%
0) Not selected as an Old Testament prophet2020.4
1) Selected as an Old Testament prophet7879.6
TOTAL98100.0
49) Which of the following were Old Testament prophets? CHECK AS MANY ANSWERS AS YOU THINK ARE CORRECT. - PAUL (PAUL)
TOTAL%
0) Not selected as an Old Testament prophet7273.5
1) Selected as an Old Testament prophet2626.5
TOTAL98100.0
50) Which of the following were Old Testament prophets? CHECK AS MANY ANSWERS AS YOU THINK ARE CORRECT. - LEVITICUS (LEVITICU)
TOTAL%
0) Not selected as an Old Testament prophet5455.1
1) Selected as an Old Testament prophet4444.9
TOTAL98100.0
51) Which of the following were Old Testament prophets? CHECK AS MANY ANSWERS AS YOU THINK ARE CORRECT. - EZEKIEL (EZEKIEL)
TOTAL%
0) Not selected as an Old Testament prophet2222.4
1) Selected as an Old Testament prophet7677.6
TOTAL98100.0
52) Start time of Dimensions of Religious Commitment (STIME)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL9849.528
53) End time of Dimensions of Religious Commitment (ENDTIME)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL9849.528
54) Orthodoxy index: Glock and Stark gave one point for each of the following four questions on which a respondent expressed his certainty of the truth of the orthodox Christian position. Other answers were scored zero. Scores thus ranged from 0 to 4. 1) The Devil actually exists. 2) The Bible tells of many miracles, some credited to Christ and some to other prophets and apostles. Generally speaking, which of the following statements comes closest to what you believe about Biblical miracles? 3) Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing what you believe about Jesus? 4) Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing what you believe about God? (ORTHDIND)
TOTAL%
0) 0 Low3939.8
1) 11010.2
2) 21111.2
3) 31313.3
4) 4 High2525.5
TOTAL98100.0
55) Particularism index: An index created about the beliefs that lead to salvation. Thus the index ranges from 6 (highest) to 0 (lowest). (PARTINDX)
TOTAL%
0) 0 Lowest1818.4
1) 199.2
2) 21414.3
3) 32727.6
4) 42424.5
5) 544.1
6) 6 Highest22.0
TOTAL98100.0
56) Ethicalism index: The index ranges from 4 if items on doing good for others and loving thy neighbor are answered to be absolutely necessary to 0 if rejecting both. (ETHICIND)
TOTAL%
0) 0 Rejecting both1111.2
1) 155.1
2) 23333.7
3) 32020.4
4) 4 Both are absolutely necessary2929.6
TOTAL98100.0
57) Ritual involvement index: Persons who both attended church every, or nearly every, week and said grace at least once a week were classified as high on the index. Those who reported performing either of these ritual obligations this often were scored medium. And persons who fell short of these levels on both were classified as low. (RITULIND)
TOTAL%
1) Low3838.8
2) Medium4748.0
3) High1313.3
TOTAL98100.0
58) Devotionalism index: Respondents were classified as high if they felt prayer was "extremely" important and they prayed privately once a week or oftener; medium if they were devotional in either sense; low if they met neither of these standards. (DEVOTIND)
TOTAL%
1) Low5657.1
2) Medium2121.4
3) High2121.4
TOTAL98100.0
59) Religious experience index: Respondents were labeled high if they at least answered "Yes, I think that I have" to all three of the following questions: 1) A feeling that you were somehow in the presence of God; 2) A sense of being saved in Christ; and 3) A feeling of being punished by God for something you had done. Respondents were labeled medium if they thought they might have had one or two of these experiences; low if they reported having no such experience. (RLGXPIN)
TOTAL%
1) Low1818.4
2) Medium5354.1
3) High2727.6
TOTAL98100.0
60) Scripture knowledge index (SCRTINDX)
TOTAL%
0) Identified zero correctly99.2
1) Identified one out of five correctly2222.4
2) Identified two out of five correctly2424.5
3) Identified three out of five correctly2323.5
4) Identified four out of five correctly1515.3
5) Identified five out of five correctly55.1
TOTAL98100.0
61) Scripture quotations: Persons who got 4 of 5 correct were called high; 3, medium; and 2 or less, low. (SCRIPTQT)
TOTAL%
1) Low5556.1
2) Medium2323.5
3) High2020.4
TOTAL98100.0
62) Prophet knowledge index (PRHTINDX)
TOTAL%
2) Identified two out of six correctly99.2
3) Identified three out of six correctly1515.3
4) Identified four out of six correctly3232.7
5) Identified five out of six correctly2121.4
6) Identified six out of six correctly2121.4
TOTAL98100.0
63) Identification of Prophets: High was assigned to persons with all 6 prophets identified correctly, medium for 4 or 5 prophets identified correctly and low for 3 or less prophets identified correctly. (IDNTPRPT)
TOTAL%
1) Low2424.5
2) Medium5354.1
3) High2121.4
TOTAL98100.0
64) Religious knowledge index: An index was formed by assigning points as follows and then adding together: Identification of Bible Quotations High = 2, Medium = 1, Low = 0 and Identification of Old Testament Prophets High = 2, Medium = 1, Low = 0. (KNWRELGN)
TOTAL%
0) 0 Low1919.4
1) 13434.7
2) 21919.4
3) 31818.4
4) 4 High88.2
TOTAL98100.0
65) Total time (TTIME)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL9838.73522
66) I-CLASSYR: Year in college (for use with online analysis) (I-CLASSYR)
TOTAL%
1) Freshman3838.8
2) Sophomore2222.4
3) Junior2020.4
4) Senior1818.4
TOTAL98100.0
67) I-SEX: Respondent's sex (for use with online analysis) (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Female4950.0
2) Male4950.0
TOTAL98100.0
68) I-ATTEND: How often do you attend Sunday worship services? (Choose the answer which comes closest to describing what you do.) (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) Every week1515.3
2) Two or three times a month2121.4
3) About once a month1111.2
4) About every six weeks1010.2
5) About every three months1414.3
6) Once or twice a year or less2727.6
TOTAL98100.0
69) I-RACE: Respondent's race (for use with online analysis) (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White8384.7
2) Black1212.2
3) Asian11.0
4) Pacific Islander11.0
5) Other11.0
TOTAL98100.0