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Northern California Church Member Study, 1963

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Glock, Charles Y.
  • Stark, Rodney
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
anti-Semitism; Catholicism; Christianity; church membership; counties; Jews; media influence; memberships; political attitudes; Protestantism; religion; religious attitudes; religious behavior; religious beliefs; religious congregations; religious knowledge; social attitudes; stereotypes
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains survey data on 2,871 church members residing in the San Francisco Bay area in 1963. The main research objective of the study was to assess the degree to which certain interpretations of Christian faith may continue to be a source of contemporary anti-Semitism. The primary focus of the questionnaire was the examination of respondents' religious knowledge, activities, beliefs, experiences, and intergroup relations, as well as their attitudes toward other religious and cultural groups, specifically Jews. In addition, they were asked their opinion on the appropriateness of denominations taking stands on current social and political issues and were questioned on their religious background and the role that religion played in their lives. Personal data were also solicited, including other organizational memberships, television viewing, book reading habits, political affiliation, occupation, education, marital status, number of children, sex, and race. The file also includes 48 derived measures.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Performed consistency checks.; Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1963
  • Collection date: 1963
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • San Francisco
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Church members residing in predominantly white Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations in four northern California counties: Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
Stratified random sampling. All Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations in the four counties were listed, and a random sample was then drawn according to the size of their membership. The membership lists from the selected congregations were gathered and then a random sample was drawn from them. Mail questionnaires were sent to the 4,420 Protestant church members and 1,900 Roman Catholic church members who were selected. The completed return rate was 72 percent of the Protestant respondents and 53 percent of the Roman Catholic respondents, or a total of 2,871.
Collection Mode
  • A full description of the sampling plan and of the procedures followed in collecting the data is included in the appendix to Glock, Charles Y., and Rodney Stark. CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND ANTI-SEMITISM. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1966.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7590 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07590.v1
  • Glock, Charles Y., Stark, Rodney. Do Christian beliefs cause anti-Semitism?--A comment. American Sociological Review.38, (1), 53-59.1973.
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  • Stark, Rodney. The economics of piety: Religious commitment and social class. Issues in Social Inequality.Boston: Little, Brown. 1972.
  • Stark, Rodney. Age and faith: A changing outlook for an old process. Sociological Analysis.12, (3), 1971.
  • Stark, Rodney. Psychopathology and religious commitment. Review of Religious Research.12, (3), 165-176.1971.
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  • Stark, Rodney, Glock, Charles Y.. American Piety: The Nature of Religious Commitment. Berkely, CA: University of California Press. 1968.
  • Stark, Rodney, Glock, Charles Y.. Will ethics be the death of Christianity?. Trans-Action.5, (7), 7-14.1968.
  • Glock, Charles Y., Stark, Rodney. Christian Beliefs and Anti-Semitism. New York: Harper and Row. 1966.
  • Glock, Charles Y., Stark, Rodney. Christian Beliefs and anti-Semitism: Report on the California Study. Judaism and the Christian Seminary Curriculum.Chicago, IL: Loyola Universiyt Press. 1966.
  • Glock, Charles Y., Stark, Rodney. Religion and anti-Semitism in America: A summation. Continuum.4, (3), 330-340.1966.
  • Stark, Rodney. Through a stained glass darkly: Reciprocal Protestant-Catholic images in America. Sociological Analysis.25, (3), 1964.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Glock, Charles Y.; Stark, Rodney (1984): Northern California Church Member Study, 1963. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.