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Religious Conversion Experiences, Occurrence of

Measures whether an individual claims to have experienced a religious conversion


Below are 112 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept.

  • SPCONVER from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1999LEARN MORE
    • [If SPOUSCTH is Yes, spouse is Catholic], Was (he/she) raised in the Catholic Church, converted when you married, or later on? (SPCONVER) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FAITH from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Random AttendersLEARN MORE
    • Some people feel they came to faith gradually. For others, it began at a definite moment of commitment. Have you ever experienced such a moment of decisive faith commitment or conversion? (FAITH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • REBORN from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Would you say you have been born again or have had a born again experience -- that is, a turning point in your life when you committed yourself to Christ? (REBORN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • REBORN from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • Would you say you have been born again or have had a born again experience -- that is, a turning point in your life when you committed yourself to Christ? (REBORN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELBORN from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • (ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO ANSWERED THAT THEY WERE CHRISTIAN OR SOMETHING ELSE WHEN ASKED ABOUT RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE) Would you describe yourself as a born again or evangelical Christian, or not? (RELBORN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • V083203 from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008LEARN MORE
    • IF R IS CHRISTIAN: Would you call yourself a born-again Christian, that is, have you personally had a conversion experience related to Jesus Christ? (V083203) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELCOHB3 from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)LEARN MORE
    • (relcohab3_w3) [IF IS LIVING WITH A ROMANTIC PARTNER OR HAS NEVER BEEN MARRIED AND HAS LIVED WITH A ROMANTIC PARTNER OR HAS BEEN MARRIED BUT FIRST PERSON MARRIED IS NOT THE FIRST PERSON R LIVED WITH] C:10c. At any point during your relationship, did either of you convert to a different religion? (RELCOHB3) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • REBORN from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Would you say you have been born again or have had a born again experience -- that is, a turning point in your life when you committed yourself to Christ? (REBORN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • REBORN from General Social Survey, 1991LEARN MORE
    • Would you say you have been born again or have had a born again experience -- that is, a turning point in your life when you committed yourself to Christ? (REBORN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN36 from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American ReligionLEARN MORE
    • IF QN30 = CONVERTED: Now I want to ask you some questions about your conversion. How old were you when you became (RELIGION)? (QN36) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN37 from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American ReligionLEARN MORE
    • ASKED IF QN30 = CONVERTED, AND RESPONDENT REPORTS BEING CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT, JEHOVAHS WITNESS, MORMON, ORTHODOX, OR OTHER CHRISTIAN (from RELIG): How did you first hear about your current religion? Was it from a family member, from a friend, from members of the church, or through radio or television? (QN37) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN38_A from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American ReligionLEARN MORE
    • IF QN30 = CONVERTED: In our interviews, people have told us there are many reasons why they changed their religions. As I read some of the reasons they have given, please tell me whether or not each applies to you. You can answer yes or no. Would you say that you became (RELIGION) because of a marriage, or not? (QN38_A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN39_A from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American ReligionLEARN MORE
    • IF QN34B = DISAPPROVE, QN30 = CONVERTED, AND QN31 = CATHOLIC: And now I have some questions about your decision to leave the Catholic Church. Would you say that the Churchs prohibition on divorce is one of the reasons that you decided to leave the Catholic Church, or not? (QN39_A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN39_E from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American ReligionLEARN MORE
    • IF QN32 = NOT TOO WELCOMING OR NOT AT ALL WELCOMING, QN30 = CONVERTED, AND QN31 = CATHOLIC: What about the Churchs lack of welcoming and openness to immigrants and their customs - is that one of the reasons that you decided to leave the Catholic Church, or not? (QN39_E) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN39_F from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American ReligionLEARN MORE
    • IF QN34 = NO, QN30 = CONVERTED, AND QN31 = CATHOLIC: What about the lack of excitement at the typical Mass in the U.S. - is that one of the reasons that you decided to leave the Catholic Church, or not? (QN39_F) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • QN39_I from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American ReligionLEARN MORE
    • IF QN33 = US CATHOLIC CHURCH RESPECT CONTRIBUTIONS OF MEN MORE THAN WOMEN, QN30 = CONVERTED, AND QN31 = CATHOLIC: What about the Churchs lack of respect for the contributions of women- is that one of the reasons that you decided to leave the Catholic Church, or not? (QN39_I) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q4E from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.LEARN MORE
    • IF CONVERT RAISED IN A RELIGION: You werent satisfied with the [IF RAISED CATHOLIC, FRMREL2=10000, INSERT: priests at your parish; FOR ALL OTHERS, INSERT: clergy at your local congregation]. Is this an important reason you are no longer (FRMREL), or not? (Q4E) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q4I from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.LEARN MORE
    • IF CONVERT RAISED CATHOLIC: The Church drifted too far away from its traditional practices and teachings, like Latin Mass and not eating meat on Fridays all year long. Is this an important reason you are no longer (FRMREL), or not? (Q4I) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q4M from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.LEARN MORE
    • IF CONVERT RAISED IN A RELIGION: You werent satisfied with the atmosphere at [IF RAISED CATHOLIC, FRMREL2=10000, INSERT: Mass; FOR ALL OTHERS, INSERT: worship services]. Is this an important reason you are no longer (FRMREL), or not? (Q4M) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q4N from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.LEARN MORE
    • IF CONVERT RAISED IN A RELIGION: You werent comfortable, with the feeling of community at [IF RAISED CATHOLIC, FRMREL2=10000, INSERT: your parish; FOR ALL OTHERS, INSERT: your local congregation]. Is this an important reason you are no longer (FRMREL), or not? (Q4N) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q4Q from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.LEARN MORE
    • IF CONVERT RAISED IN A RELIGION: You were unhappy about the religions teachings about things like poverty or social justice, war and peace, and the death penalty. Is this an important reason you are no longer (FRMREL), or not? (Q4Q) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • REBORN from General Social Survey, 1998LEARN MORE
    • Would you say you have been born again or have had a born again experience -- that is, a turning point in your life when you committed yourself to Christ? (REBORN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BORNAGN from December 2006 Values Update SurveyLEARN MORE
    • [IF PROTESTANT, ROMAN CATHOLIC, MORMON ORTHODOX CHURCH TO RELIG OR YES TO CHR]Would you describe yourself as born again or evangelical Christian, or not? (BORNAGN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BRNAGAIN from Mid-November Survey, 2001LEARN MORE
    • (NOT ASKED OF RESPONDENTS WHO INDICATED THEY ARE JEWISH, ISLAM/MUSLIM, OR NO RELIGION/ATHEIST) Would you describe yourself as a born again or evangelical Christian, or not? (BRNAGAIN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BRNAGAIN from Four-State Church Involvement Study, 1988LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO STATED CHRISTIAN IN RELIG: Now a few questions of a more personal, religious sort -- Would you say that you have been born again or have had a born again experience, that is, a turning point in your life when you committed yourself to Christ? (BRNAGAIN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BRNAGAIN from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999LEARN MORE
    • Would you say you have been born again or have had a born again experience - That is, a turning point in your life when you committed yourself to Christ? (BRNAGAIN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BORN from July 2003 Values Update SurveyLEARN MORE
    • [ASK ONLY IF RELIG= 1 PROTESTANT OR 2 ROMAN CATHOLIC OR 4 MORMON OR 5 ORTHODOX CHURCH OR 7 OTHER RELIGION OR 9 DONT KNOW/REFUSED]Would you describe yourself as a born again or evangelical Christian, or not? (BORN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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