Charles Y. Glock

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Charles Y. Glock
Born(1919-10-17)October 17, 1919
DiedOctober 19, 2018(2018-10-19) (aged 99)
Alma mater
Scientific career
FieldsSociology, sociology of religion
InstitutionsUniversity of California
Doctoral studentsEarl Babbie

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.