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  • Tinkering with technology and religion in the digital age: The effects of internet use on religious belief, behavior, and belonging.
    McClure, Paul K. (2017)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56:3: 481-497.

    Analyzes 2010 Baylor Religion Survey data (U.S.A.); internet usage inversely predicts religious affiliation & exclusiveness while television viewing inversely predicts attendance & other time-consuming religious activities.

    Associated Search Terms: Practice; Internet; Media; Membership
  • Tinkering with technology and religion in the digital age: The effects of internet use on religious belief, behavior, and belonging.
    McClure, Paul K. (2017)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56:3: 481-497.

    Analyzes 2010 Baylor Religion Survey data (U.S.A.); internet usage inversely predicts religious affiliation & exclusiveness while television viewing inversely predicts attendance & other time-consuming religious activities.

    Associated Search Terms: Practice; Membership; Internet; Media
  • Religious pathways from adolescence to adulthood.
    Lee, Bo Hyeong Jane, Lisa D. Pearce, and Kristen M. Schorpp (2017)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56:3: 678-689.

    Analyzes waves 1,3, & 4 of the 1994-2008 National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health data (U.S.A.). Identifies 7 pathways relative to religion: consistently high, consistently low, late declining, increasing, consistently affiliated but inactive, early declining, & returning.

    Associated Search Terms: Adolescence; Life course; Membership; Practice; Prayer; Salience
  • Education, religious commitment, and religious tolerance in contemporary China.
    Wang, Xiuhua,and Jeremy E. Uecker (2017)
    Review of Religious Research 59:2: 157-182.

    Analyzes 2007 Spiritual Life Study of Chinese Residents data; the more educated are no less affiliated with a religion than others among the no-elderly, slightly more likely to believe, less likely to find religion salient, & more likely to be tolerant of religion.

    Associated Search Terms: Belief; Tolerance; Salience; Membership; Education; China
  • W(h)ither the mainline? Trends and prospects.
    Marcum, John P. (2017)
    Review of Religious Research 59:2: 119-134.

    Membership changes in mainline Protestant denominations in the U.S.A.

    Associated Search Terms: Demography; Membership; Protestant (mainline), U.S.A..
  • Family formation and returning to institutional religion in young adulthood.
    Uecker, Jeremy E., Damon Mayrl, and Samuel Stroope (2016)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55:2: 384-406.

    Analyzes 1994-2008 U.S. panel data (Adolescent to Adult health). Family formation, especially parenting, occasions practice &, to some extent, affiliation.

    Associated Search Terms: Membership; Life cycle; Panel study; Practice; Family
  • Theology matters: Comparing the traits of growing and declining mainline Protestant church attendees and clergy.
    Haskell, David Millard, Kevin N. Flatt, and Stephanie Burgoyne (2016)
    Review of Religious Research 58:4: 515-541.

    Analyzes Ontario survey data from Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian, & United Church of Canada congregations & clergy. Theological conservatism predicted growth, as opposed to decline.

    Associated Search Terms: Conservative, Canada; Canada, Ontario; Membership; Protestant, Canada; Belief
  • Saint Peter's leaky boat: Falling intergenerational persistence among U.S.-born Catholics since 1974.
    Hout, Michael (2016)
    Sociology of Religion 77:1: 1-17.

    Overview of post 1950 poll & survey data; the U.S. population remains one-fourth Roman Catholic though, because of immigration & relativity fertility, one-third was reared Catholic.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Disaffiliation; United States; Practice; Demography; Belief; Membership
  • Church Refugees: Sociologists Reveal Why People Are DONE with Church but Not Their Faith.
    Packard, Josh, and Ashleigh Hope (2015)
    Loveland, Colorado: Group Publishing.

    Based on interviews; focuses on why active church members become uninvolved.

    Associated Search Terms: Apostate; Membership
  • The natural environment as a spiritual resource: A theory of regional variation in religious adherence.
    Ferguson, Todd W., and Jeffrey A. Tamburello (2015)
    Sociology of Religion 76:3: 295-314.

    Analyzes 2000 county-level membership data for the U.S.A.; regions with "natural amenities" have lower membership rates.

    Associated Search Terms: Nature; Spirituality; Membership; Ecology
  • Nonbelievers in the church: A study of cultural religion in Sweden.
    Kasselstrand, Isabella (2015)
    Sociology of Religion 76:3: 275-294.

    Analyzes 2008 International Social Survey data for Sweden; largest differences were between adherents of religions other than the Church of Sweden and both Church of Sweden adherents & non-adherents of any religion.

    Associated Search Terms: Belief; Dimensions of religiosity; Lutheran, Sweden; Membership; Practice; Religiosity; Sweden
  • Conditions of religious belonging: Confessionalization, De-parochialization, and the Euro-American divergence.
    Nelson, Samuel, and Philip S. Gorski (2014)
    International Sociology 29:1: 3-21.

    Associated Search Terms: Denominationalism; Membership
  • Religion and the sources of public opposition to abortion in Britain: The role of "belonging," "behaving" and "believing."
    Clements, Ben (2014)
    Sociology 48:2: 369-386.

    Associated Search Terms: Abortion; Belief; Practice; Membership; Great Britain
  • The religious context of welfare attitudes.
    VanHeuvelen, Tom (2014)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 53:2: 268-295.

    Analyzes 2006 International Social Survey Program data from 17 nations. The more religiously homogeneous, especially Catholic, nations are more supportive of governmental economic intervention.

    Associated Search Terms: Practice; Politics; Pluralism; Membership; Homogeneity; Welfare
  • Explaining why more Americans have no religious preference: Political backlash and generatioal succession, 1987-2012.
    Hout, Michael, and Claude S. Fischer (2014)
    Sociological Science 1: 423-447.

    Associated Search Terms: Politics, U.S.A.; Generations; Membership; Atheist, U.S.A.
  • Toward religious polarization? Time effects on religious commitment in U.S., UK, and Canadian regions.
    Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah (2014)
    Sociology of Religion 75:2: 284-308.

    Presents 1985-2010 General Social Survey (U.S.A. & Canada), Scottish, British, & Northern Ireland Social Attitudes Survey, & Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey data.

    Associated Search Terms: Great Britain, Scotland; Great Britain, Wales; Great Britain, Northern Ireland; Great Britain, England; Canada, regions; Membership; United States, regions
  • Changing Faith: The Dynamics and Consequences of Americans' Shifting Religious Identities.
    Sherkat, Darren E. (2014)
    New York: New York University Press.

    Describes U.S.A. religion with General Social Survey data; presents models predicting religious switching & apostasy. Secularization, supply-side rational choice theories, & other grand theories fail to explain changes of religion in the U.S.

    Associated Search Terms: Homosexuality; Belief; Migration; Fundamentalist, U.S.A.; Ethnic; Education; Identification; Marriage; Change; Disaffiliation; Mobility (vertical); Politics, U.S.A.; Polity; Conversion; Practice; Sexual activity; United States; Membership; Sexual attitudes; Secularization; Rational choice theory; Stratification
  • Decline and conflict Causes and consequences of leaership transitions in religious congregations.
    Dollhopf, Erica J., and Christopher P. Scheitle (2013)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52:4: 675-697.

    Analyzes the 2006-07 wave of the National Congregations Study data (U.S.A.). Explores why congregation leadership changes were associated with conflict & membership decline.

    Associated Search Terms: Leadership; Membership; Congregation; Conflict
  • Secularization and church growth in the United Kingdom.
    Bruce, Steve (2013)
    Journal of Religion in Europe 6:3: 273-296.

    Associated Search Terms: Membership; Secularization; Great Britain
  • Church affiliation and trust in the state: Survey data evidence from four Nordic countries.
    Kasselstrand Isabella, and Mor Kandlik Eltanani (2013)
    Nordic Journal of Religion and Society 26: 103-119.

    Associated Search Terms: Membership; State; Trust
  • Race, belonging, and participation in religious congregations.
    Martinez, Bandon C., and Kevin D. Dougherty (2013)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52:4: 713-732.

    Analyzes 2001 U.S. Congregational Life Survey data. Members of the largest racial group in a given congregation have a stronger sense of belonging & participate more deeply.

    Associated Search Terms: Congregation; Belonging, sense of; Membership; Race; Minority
  • Church-based social support and a sense of belonging in a congregation among older Mexican-Americans.
    Krause, Neal, and R. David Hayward (2013)
    Review of Religious Research 55:2: 251-273.

    Analyzes interview data from retired Mexican Americans from Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, & California. Receiving social support predicts a sense of belonging, especially for older Mexican American men.

    Associated Search Terms: Social support; Membership; Gerontology; Belonging, sense of
  • Counting the faithful: Measuring local religious contexts in the United States.
    Lim, Chaeyoon (2013)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52:2:386-400.

    Finds convergence among the 2010 Religious Congregational Membership Study, the 2010 Infogroup Congregational membership data, & the Gallup Poll.

    Associated Search Terms: Data sets; Membership; Methods; United States
  • New landscapes of religious diversity in Mexico.
    De la Torre, Renée, and Cristina Gutiérrez Zúñiga (2013)
    In Giuseppe Giordan and William H. Swatos, Jr. (eds.) Testing pluralism: Globalizing belief, localizing gods. Leiden: Brill, pp. 125-148.

    Reports 2000 & '10 census data. Considers variables that are associated with conversion to minority religions.

    Associated Search Terms: Marginality; Urbanization; Stratification; Pluralism; Migration; Age; Membership; Mexico; Gender; Ecology; Conversion; Ethnic
  • Changes in Americans' strength of religious affiliation, 1974-2010.
    Schwadel, Philip (2013)
    Sociology of Religion 74:1: 107-128.

    Based on 1974-2010 General Social Survey (U.S.A.) data; traces % respondents reporting strong affiiation for 4 categories: Evangelical, Black protestant, Mainline Protestant, Catholic. Notes 1980s period effects.

    Associated Search Terms: Evangelical, U.S.A.; Membership; Protestant, U.S.A.; Catholic, U.S.A.; African Americans; United States
  • Marginal religious affiliates in Canada: Little reason to expect increased church involvement.
    Thiessen, Joel (2012)
    Canadian Review of Sociology 49:1: 69-90.

    Associated Search Terms: Membership; Practice; Canada
  • Some aspects of religiosity in Estonia.
    Jaanus, Eva-Liisa (2012)
    In Detlef Pollack, Olaf Müller, and Gert Pickel (eds.) The Social Significance of Religion in the Enlarged Europe. Secularization, Individualization and Pluralization. Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate, pp. 167-185.

    Historical overview & some descriptive statistics.

    Associated Search Terms: Estonia; Membership; Practice; Secularization; State
  • Church and religion in Hungary: Between religious individualization and secularization.
    Rosta, Gergely (2012)
    In Detlef Pollack, Olaf Müller, and Gert Pickel (eds.) The Social Significance of Religion in the Enlarged Europe. Secularization, Individualization and Pluralization. Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate, pp. 187-205.

    Historical background, membership, churches' works, & survey-based descriptive statistics.

    Associated Search Terms: Individualism; Belief; Hungary; Practice; Secularization; Membership
  • Comparing the geographc distributions and growth of Mormons, Adventists, and Witnesses.
    Lawson, Ronald, and Ryan T. Cragun (2012)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51:2: 220-240.

    Uses international membership data.

    Associated Search Terms: Market model; Ecology; Seventh-day Adventist; Mormon; Jehovah´s Witness; Membership
  • Are Pastors the Cause of the Loss of Church Membership?
    Wulff, Keith M. (2011)
    Review of Religious Research 53:1: 1-7.

    Pointless & conservative sermons lose members for denominations.

    Associated Search Terms: Homily; Membership
  • American Religion. Contemporary Trends.
    Chaves, Mark (2011)
    Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

    Uses 1972-2008 General Social Survey (U.S.A.) data & 1998 & 2006-07 National Congregations Study data to trace religious patterns & changes in the U.S.A.

    Associated Search Terms: Abortion; Sexual attitudes; Seminarians; Practice; Politics, U.S.A.; Membership; Literalism; Homosexuality; Clergy image; Belief; United States; Women
  • Testing the Strictness Thesis and Competing Theories of Congregtional Growth.
    Thomas, Jeremy, and Daniel V.A. Olson (2010)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49:4: 619-639.

    Analyzes U.S. Congregtional Life Survey data (2001); both strictness & other factors contribute to congregational growth.

    Associated Search Terms: Membership; Parish; Strictness
  • Secularism, Fundamentalism, or Catholicism? The Religious Compostiion of the United States to 2043.
    Skirbekk, Vegard, Eric Kaufmann, and Anne Goujon (2010)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49:2: 293-310.

    Makes projections of the religious composition of the U.S.A.

    Associated Search Terms: Demography; Membership; United States
  • The Religious Demography of the United States. Dynamics of Affiliation, Participation, and Belief.
    Sherkat, Darren E. (2010)
    In Christopher G. Ellison and Robert A. Hummer (eds.) Religion, Families, and Health. Population-Based Research in the United States, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, pp. 403-430.

    Based on 1973-2002 General Social Survey (U.S.A.) data.

    Associated Search Terms: United States; Membership; Demography
  • Religious and denominational diversity in New Zealand 2009.
    Hoverd, William James, and Chris G. Sibley (2010)
    New Zealand Sociology Journal 25:2: 5-87.

    Associated Search Terms: Pluralism; New Zealand; Membership
  • Race, Diversity, and Membership Duration in Religious Congregations.
    Scheitle, Christopher P., and Kevin D. Dougherty (2010)
    Sociological Inquiry 80:3: 405-423.

    Associated Search Terms: Membership; Race; Congregation; Diversity; Parish
  • Religion in the Netherlands.
    Sengers, Erik (2010)
    In Giuseppe Giordan (ed.) Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion. Vol. 1: Youth and Religion. Leiden: Brill, pp. 439-459.

    Historical overview & presentation of contemporary data on membership and religious participation.

    Associated Search Terms: Historical; State; Pillarization; Netherlands; Membership
  • Are Risk-taking Persons Less Religious? Risk Preference, Religious Affiliation, and Religious Participation in Taiwan.
    Liu, Eric Y. (2010)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49:1:172-178.

    Analyzes 2007 Taiwanese survey data; risk preference predicts attendance frequency but not affiliation.

    Associated Search Terms: Risk preference; Practice; Taiwan; Membership
  • The Teenage Religion and Values Survey in England and Wales.
    Robbins, Mandy, and Leslie J. Francis (2010)
    In Sylvia Collins-Mayo and Pink Dandelion (eds.) Religion and Youth. Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate, pp. 47-54.

    Summarizes late 1990s questionnaire data from secondary students in England & Wales.

    Associated Search Terms: Prayer; Students, secondary; Belief; Membership; Practice
  • Die Entwicklung der Kirchenmitglieder in Deutschland. Statistische Anmerkungen zu Umfang und Ursachen des Mitgliederrückgangs in den beiden christlichen Volkskirchen.
    Eicken, J., and A. Schmitz-Veltin (2010)
    Wirtschaft und Statistik 6: 576-589.

    Associated Search Terms: Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland; Germany; Membership; Catholic, Germany
  • Statistics for Evidence-based Policy in the Church of England: Predicting Diocesan Performance.
    Francis, Leslie J., Patrick Laycock, and Andrew Village (2010)
    Review of Religious Research 52:2: 207-220.

    Associated Search Terms: Practice; Membership; Great Britain; Diocese; Church of England; Policy research
  • La Religion Visible. Pratiques et Croyances en Suisse.
    Campiche, Roland J. (2010)
    Lausanne: Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes.

    Reviews a variety of surveys of religion in Switzerland, often making comparisons to the rest of Europe.

    Associated Search Terms: Secularization; Change; Pluralism; State; Family; Switzerland; Membership; Belief
  • The Secular Transition: Two Worldwide Growth of Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Seventh-Day Adventists.
    Cragun, Ryan T., and Ronald Lawson (2010)
    Sociology of Religion 71:3: 349-373.

    1960-2006 membership data for 3 religious denominations show economic development curtailing membership growth.

    Associated Search Terms: Seventh-day Adventist; Mormon; Modernization; Membership; Development; Jehovah´s Witness
  • La Mesure de l'Appartenance et de la Non-Appartenance Confessionnelle dans les Grandes Enquêtes Européennes.
    Bréchon, Pierre (2009)
    Social Compass 56:2: 163-178.

    Examines methodological issues in the European Values Survey, the International Social Survey Program, & the European Social Survey.

    Associated Search Terms: Europe; Methodology; Membership
  • Trends of Religious Identification in Korea: Changes and Continuities.
    Kim, Jibum, Yongmo Lee, Jaesok Son, and Tom W. Smith (2009)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48:4: 789-793.

    Census data show increases in religion 1985-95 but stability (escept for growing Catholicism) 1995-2005.

    Associated Search Terms: Membership; Korea (South)
  • Religious Affiliation in Contemporary Japan: Untangling the Enigma.
    Roemer, Michael K. (2009)
    Review of Religious Research 50:3: 298-320.

    Based on a representative sample survey; deprivation is related to affiliation with new religions, socialization with Buddhism, the new religions, & Christianity.

    Associated Search Terms: Deprivation; Japan; Membership; New religions; Socialization; Christian, Japan; Buddhist, Japan
  • Affinity, Identity, and Transcendence: The Experience of Religious Racial Integration in Diverse Congregations.
    Marti, Gerardo (2009)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48:1: 53-68.

    2001-04 participant observation & interviews in 2 multi-ethnic Los Angeles churches reveal 3 moments of establishing stable membership by individuals: affinity, reorientation of identity, & transcending ethnicity.

    Associated Search Terms: Participant observation; Membership; Identity; Ethnic; United States, California, Los Angeles
  • Growth, retention, and internationalization.
    Stewart, David G. (2008)
    In Cardell K. Jacobson, John P. Hoffman, and Tim B. Heaton (eds.) Revisiting Thomas F. O'Dea's The Mormons. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, pp.32-361.

    Associated Search Terms: Mormon; Membership
  • Religion and Rap Music: An Analysis of Black Church Usage.
    Barnes, Sandra L. (2008)
    Review of Religious Research 49:3: 319-338.

    Based on Faith Factor 2000 data on Black churches; finds denominational differences in use of rap music & that the music helps in recruiting young members.

    Associated Search Terms: African Americans; Membership; Music
  • The Four M's of Religion: Magic, Membership, Morality and Mysticism.
    Collins, Randall (2008)
    Review of Religious Research 50:1: 5-15.

    Associated Search Terms: Moral; Magic; Membership; Mysticism
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Citation data are provided by Anthony J. Blasi (Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Notre Dame; University of Texas at San Antonio).

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