The Scientific Study of Religion: Measuring Religiosity

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A major problem faced by all social scientists is trying to measure concepts that have no clear "ruler." How can we quantify such things as "prejudice" or "social integration?" A similar challenge is faced when trying to measure how "religious" an individual is. A person who believes in God may not attend religious services. Are they religious? What about a person who attends services without believing in God? Religion is a multi-dimensional concept consisting of behaviors, experiences, beliefs, and social or cultural traditions.

In this learning module you will use quantitative data from the Association of Religion Data Archives to explore different ways to measure religion.

Skills Utilized

  • Interpreting maps and tables
  • Identifying trends

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