Roger Finke is a Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at The
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University and Director of the Association of
Religion Data Archives. He is a former President of the Association
for the Sociology of Religion.
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Roger Finke earned his doctorate in sociology at the University of
Washington in 1984, and held faculty positions at Concordia College in
Illinois, Loyola University of Chicago, and Purdue University before
joining the faculty at The
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University in 2000.
Professor Finke co-authored two books with sociologist of religion
Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990: Winners and Losers
in Our Religious Economy received the 1993 Distinguished Book
Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Acts
of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion received the 2001 Book
Award from the American Sociological Association's Sociology of
Religion Section. These books extended what is often called the New
Paradigm or the Rational Choice theoretical perspective,
conceptualizing denominations as competitors in a religious market.
The Churching of America was methodologically noteworthy for
demonstrating the utility of quantitative historical data on church
membership. Additionally, Finke is the co-author of The Price of
Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-first
Century and Places of Faith: A Road Trip Across America's Religious
He is author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles appearing
in edited volumes and journals such as American Sociological Review,
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious
Research, Social Science Research, and The Sociological Quarterly.
In November 2015, Finke and fellow Pennsylvania State University
professor Dane Mataic published a report entitled "Exploring the
Trends and Consequences of Religious Registration: A Global
Overview." In this report, Finke and Mataic outlined a "significant
increase" (from 13% to 18%) in countries that required religious
registration around the world.
Professor Finke was the founding director of the American Religion
Data Archive, which was renamed as the Association of Religion Data
Archives (ARDA) in 2006. Supported by the
Lilly Endowment and the
John Templeton Foundation, the ARDA provides free data on American
and international religion, along with tools and resources to assist
educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers.
Finke is also a Fellow of the Baylor Institute for Studies of
Religion, and a past President of the Association for the Study of
Religion, Economics, and Culture.
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^ "Roger Finke, C.V." Pennsylvania State University's Department of
Sociology and Criminology. Retrieved Oct 27, 2016.
^ Finke, Roger (2015). "Exploring the Trends and Consequences of
Religious Registration: A Global Overview" (PDF). The Association of
Religion Data Archives. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
^ "74 Percent of World's Population Live in Religious Freedom
Violating Country, New Report Finds". www.christianpost.com. Retrieved
^ Finke, Roger; Bader, Christopher; Polson, Edward. "A Growing Web of
Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)". Review
of Religion Research. 49 (1): 21–34.
^ "About the ARDA". The Association of Religion Data Archives.
Retrieved Oct 26, 2016.
^ "Finke, Roger". Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. Retrieved
Oct 26, 2016.
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