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Measures whether one claims to have had extraordinary religous experiences 

Below are 95 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 9 types:

[ Any Experience? | Dream | God's Presence | Healing | Miracle | Prophecy | Spoken in Tongues? | Vision | Witness Tongues? ]

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Category 1:Any Experience?
 

This question asks if the respondent has had a religious/spiritual experience without specify the type of experience.

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RELEXP from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

RELEXP from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

RELEXP from General Social Survey, 2004

RELEXP from General Social Survey, 2006

SP_1 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

RELEXP from General Social Survey, 1998


Category 2:Dream
 

Has the respondent ever had a dream of religious significance or a dream that later came true?

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Q28G from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q75F from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

DREAMREL from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)


Category 3:God's Presence
 

How often/has the respondent experience God's presence or felt close to God?

Some questions fit within the "God's Presence" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 2 such variants.

[ God's Voice | Spiritual Force ]

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FEELGOD from General Social Survey, 2004

FEELGOD from General Social Survey, 1998

CLOSEGOD from Middletown Area Study, 1998


Variant:God's Voice (God's Presence variant)
 

This variant asks if the respondent has heard God's voice

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Q28F from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

HEARDGOD from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)


Variant:Spiritual Force (God's Presence variant)
 

This variant asks about the experience of a spiritual force, instead of God.

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GRACE from General Social Survey, 1988

GRACE from General Social Survey, 1991

THEFORCE from Middletown Area Study, 1985


Category 4:Healing
 

This question type asks the respondent if he has ever witnessed or experienced a miraculous healing.

Some questions fit within the "Healing" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 2 such variants.

[ Experienced | Witness ]

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HEALING from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

HEALING from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

HEALING from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

Q28A from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

HEALING from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

Q67A from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

HEALING from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

HEALING from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

Q43D from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

HEALING from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

HEALING from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

HEALING from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

Q43D from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Alaska and Hawaii Dataset

HEALING from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

HEALING from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala


Variant:Experienced (Healing variant)
 

This variant asks if the respondent personally experience a healing.

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RECHEAL from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

F_QN19A from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

PRAYHEAL from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1998

PRAYHEAL from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1998

PRAYHEAL from Southern Focus Poll, Combined Sample, Spring 1998


Variant:Witness (Healing variant)
 

This variant asks if the respondent witnessed a healing.

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WITNHEAL from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

F_QN19B from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion


Category 5:Miracle
 

This question type asks the respondent if he/she has ever experience a miracle.

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MIRACLE from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

MIRACLE from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)

MIRACLE from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)

RA_6 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006


Category 6:Prophecy
 

This question type asks if the respondent has given or interpreted prophecy

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PROPHECY from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

PROPHECY from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

PROPHECY from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

PROPHECY from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

Q67B from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

PROPHECY from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

PROPHECY from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

PROPHECY from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

PROPHECY from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

PROPHECY from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

PROPHECY from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

PROPHECY from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala


Category 7:Spoken in Tongues?
 

This question type asks the respondent how often he/she has spoken in tongues.

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TONGUES from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

TONGUES from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

TONGUES from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

Q28C from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

TONGUES from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

TONGUES from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q66D from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

TONGUES from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

TONGUES from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

Q42E from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

TONGUES from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

TONGUES from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

TONGUES from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

Q42E from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Alaska and Hawaii Dataset

PRAYTON from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

PRAYTON2 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

QN31A_D from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

TONGUES from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

TONGUES from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala


Category 8:Vision
 

This question type asks if the respondent has experienced a vision.

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Q28D from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005


Category 9:Witness Tongues?
 

How often has the respondent attended a religious service where people have spoken in tongues?

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TONGUES2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

TONGUES2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

TONGUES2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

Q28B from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

TONGUE06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

TONGUE98 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

SPRGFT06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

SPRGFT98 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

TONGUES2 from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

TONGUES2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

TONGUES2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

TONGUES2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

TONGUES2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

TONGUES2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

F_QN21 from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

F_QN25 from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

F_QN31A from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

TONGUES2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

TONGUES2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala

TOUNGES from Middletown Area Study, 1983



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