October 2022 Newsletter

Thank you for reading our newsletter and taking an interest in the ARDA. We are excited to continue our mission of bringing you free, high-quality data on religion.

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New Website!

On August 13th we launched our completely redesigned ARDA website! The new website design offers intuitive menu navigation and search functionality, among many other improvements. Now over 20 years old, the ARDA has grown from a single data archive with 33 data collections to a massive website with almost 1,200 data collections and dozens of features. The new website allows the ARDA to continue to provide you the best data on religion for free.

Data Sets Added:

We are excited to announce that we added six new data sets this month:

-Presbyterian Panel Survey, November 2017 - Congregational Vitality, All

-Presbyterian Panel Survey, November 2017 - Congregational Vitality, Clergy

-Presbyterian Panel Survey, November 2017 - Congregational Vitality, Members

-PRRI April 2019 Survey

-Survey of American Catholic Priests, 2020 (NGO Subsample)

-Survey of American Catholic Priests, 2020 (OCD Subsample)

Looking for even more data? Here are some helpful ARDA links:

-Categorized list of all data files

-Newest additions

Ahead of the Trend Articles:

Ahead of the Trend is a collaborative effort between the Religion News Service and the ARDA. Check out the newest article

since our last newsletter:

-Survey: Confederate memorials still divide Americans and religion is a big predictor by Yonat Shimron

-Fewer than half of Americans may be Christian by 2070, according to new projections by Bob Smietana

-‘God-denying’ women and self-replacing Christians: How religion changes birthrates by Ryan Burge

Interested in even more great coverage of religion and current events? You can find all of our Ahead of the Trend articles here.

Social Media Conversations:

This month, we posted about the ARDA's National Profiles, the ARDA Guiding Paper Series, the ARDA's Community Profile Builder, and Presbyterian people and events in American history.

We also regularly post about conferences, new research, podcasts, lectures, and other opportunities of interest to our readers.

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Anniversaries of Historical Events:

In October there are many anniversaries of significant events in religious history. These include Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) (1962)Ralph Elliott Fired in the "Genesis" Controversy (1962), and Million Man March (1995).

In addition to reading about these single events, you can delve into substantially more religious history by viewing any of our nine interactive timelines. These include specific timelines dedicated to religious groups, women, race/ethnicity, and more.

Feature of the Month:


Interactive historical timelines of U.S. religion with details on people, events, and movements.  Check it out here.

The revised General Social Survey, 2021 is now live on our website. If you downloaded this dataset previously, please download the latest version here.

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972 and biannually beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2021 GSS.
Additional Updates:
Information on the next U.S. Religion Census (formerly RCMS)

Wondering when the 2020 U.S. Religion Census data will be available? We're excited, too. The collecting body, ASARB, plans to release the data to us in the Fall of 2022. And don't worry - we'll promote it heavily once we have it! Stay tuned for more.

Submitting Data to the ARDA:

Do you have a data source that you would like to store in our archive? The process is safe, easy, and convenient. We even have resources to reimburse you for your time. Get the process started by clicking on the link below. If you know of a data source that you'd like us to pursue, please let us know at support@thearda.com. Download the submission form here.

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