Timeline
  • Dzemijetul Hajrije: Dzemijetal Hajrije, America's oldest existing Muslim organization, was formed in 1906 by Bosnian immigrants who came to Chicago to help dig subway tunnels.
  • Early Mormon Women Found Female Relief Society: In 1842, four Mormon women organized the Female Relief Society to aid the poor and help women grow in the church.
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ARDA Dictionary
  • Demon:A superhuman being between humans and gods, which can have benevolent or malevolent intentions based on the religious tradition. In Christianity, they are considered evil. In Hinduism, demons belong to many castes and are sometimes hard to distinguish from gods (Smith and Green 1995: 311).
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Citations
Citations are taken from the Sociology of Religion Searchable Bibliographic Database, created and updated by Anthony J. Blasi (Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Notre Dame; University of Texas at San Antonio). The ARDA is not responsible for content or typographical errors.
  • The Heart of Religion. Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God's Love.
    Lee, Matthew T., Margaret M. Poloma, and Stephen G. Post (2013)
    New York: Oxford University Press.

    Interviews with 120 American Christian exemplars of benevolence; and a representative US survey. The reported experience of God's love correlated positively with acts of benevolence.

    Associated Search Terms: Prayer; United States; Consequential dimension; Experience; Pentecostal, U.S.A.; Altruism; Virtuoso; God, image of
  • Allocating Local Church Funds to Benevolence: The Impact of Congregational Size.
    Stonebraker, Robert J. (2003)
    Review of Religious Research 45:1: 48-58.

    The decline in payments of congregations to denominational offices is explained by local membership declines & consequent loss of economies of scale. Analyzes 1990 & '96 data from a sample of ELCA congregations.

    Associated Search Terms: Contributions; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Congregation size
  • Education and Catholic religiosity as predictors of hostile and benevolent sexism toward women and men.
    Glick, Peter, Maria Lameiras, and Yolanda Rodriguez Castro (2002)
    Sex Roles 47:9/10): 433-441.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic; Religiosity; Prejudice, sexism
  • The Politics of Benevolence. Revival Religion and American Voting Behavior.
    Hammond, John L. (1979)
    Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex.

    Establishes continuities among the revivalist, abolitionist, & temperance movements, & 1964 voting patterns in upstate New York.

    Associated Search Terms: Revival; Politics, U.S.A.; Historical; United States, New York; Temperance; Revival periods; Revivalism; Abolitionist movement
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Data Archive
  • Presbyterian Congregations, 1973-1988:
    "Benevolences as a percentage of receipts have declined in many Protestant denominations over the past three decades. To explain the decline, this study develops an economic model of religious congregations and estimates a version of it with data on a national sample of 40 Presbyterian congregations from 1973 to 1988." (Krohn, Gregory A., 1995, p.17).
    Funded By: The Lilly Endowment, Inc.
    Collected: 1990, Uploaded 9/29/1998
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Questions/Variables on Surveys
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