Charles Y. Glock

Charles Y. Glock
Born (1919-10-17)October 17, 1919
Died October 19, 2018(2018-10-19) (aged 99)
Alma mater
Scientific career
Fields Sociology, sociology of religion
Institutions University of California

Charles Young Glock (October 17, 1919 – October 19, 2018) was an American sociologist whose work focuses on sociology of religion and survey research.[1]

Biography and academic background

Charles Glock was born in the Bronx, New York in 1919.[2] He earned a B.S. degree in marketing at New York University and an M.B.A. at Boston University. After four years of military service in the US Army, Glock earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Columbia University. Glock was professor of sociology at University of California at Berkeley, California. He was twice appointed chair of the department.[1][3][4] Glock died on October 19, 2018 at the age of 99 in Sandpoint, Idaho.[5]

Measures of religiosity

Glock is probably best known for his five-dimensional scheme of the nature of religious commitment. His list consist of the following variables: belief, knowledge, experience, practice (sometimes subdivided into private and public ritual) and consequences

Glock's first four dimensions have proved widely useful in research, because generally, they are simple to measure survey research.[1][6]

His five-dimensional scheme inspired other sociologists to compose their own measures of religiosity. One of the more complex spin-offs was Dr. Mervin Verbit's twenty-four dimensional measure.[7][8]

Studies in prejudice and antisemitism

Aside from his accomplishments in sociology of religion, Glock's other important work concerns the sociological and cognitive sources of prejudice. His book "Christian Beliefs and Anti-Semitism" co-authored with Rodney Stark is based on surveys finding quantitative data in support of a theory tying Antisemitism to selective elements in Christian indoctrination.[1]


  • Glock, C. Y. (ed.). (1973). Religion in Sociological Perspective. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
  • Glock, C. Y., et al. (1975). Adolescent Prejudice. New York: Harper
  • Glock, C. Y., & Quinley H. (1979). Anti-Semitism in America. New York: Free Press
  • Glock, C. Y., & Stark, R. (1965). Religion and Society in Tension. Chicago: Rand McNally.
  • Glock, C. Y. & Stark, R. (1968). American Piety. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Glock, C. Y. & Stark, R. (1971). Wayward Shepherds. New York: Harper.


  1. ^ a b c d Mauss, Armand L. "Glock, Charles Young". Encyclopedia of Religion and Society. Hartford Institute for Religion Research.
  2. ^ Greer, Joanne (1998). Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 9. JAI Press. p. 27.
  3. ^ Charles Glock. "Remembering Erving Goffman and Herbert Blumer." November 12, 2008.
  4. ^ Ray F. Kibler III. "INTERVIEW OF CHARLES Y. GLOCK BY RAY F. KIBLER III." 1994 February 10.
  5. ^ Obituary, Bonner County Daily Bee "Charles Young Glock, 99."
  6. ^ Glock, C. Y. (1972) ‘On the Study of Religious Commitment’ in J. E. Faulkner (ed.) Religion’s Influence in Contemporary Society, Readings in the Sociology of Religion, Ohio: Charles E. Merril: 38-56.
  7. ^ Verbit, M. F. (1970). The components and dimensions of religious behavior: Toward a reconceptualization of religiosity. American mosaic, 24, 39.
  8. ^ Küçükcan, T. (2010). Multidimensional Approach to Religion: a way of looking at religious phenomena. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, 4(10), 60-70.

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