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Religion, Communication, and Social Capital
Unformatted Document Text:  Religion, Communication, and Social Capital --13-- Protestants who were not clearly identifiable as either evangelical or mainline, and Protestants from traditionally Black church affiliations. (See appendix for details on precise coding procedures.) “Antecedent” Endogenous Variables. Eight variables served as antecedent endogenous variables. The cognitive dimension of religion, Biblical interpretation, (M=2.2, SD=.7), tapped a respondent’s agreement with the following statements: 1=“the bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God;” 2=”the bible is the word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word;” 3= “the bible is the actual word of god, and should be taken literally, word for word.” In terms of the associational dimension, Church attendance was measured using six categories that ranged from “0,” never attends religious services, to “5,” attends religious services more than once a week (M=2.0, SD=1.0). A second associational variable included in the analysis was church-based political discussion networks (ranging from 0 to 4, M =0.1, SD=0.5). This was a constructed measure from a battery of items included in the NES to measure political discussion. (For an overview, see Huckfeldt and Lake, 2000). Church-based political discussion networks measured the number of people (excluding spouses and relatives) with whom the respondent discussed government, elections, or politics at a place of worship or church. Other measures of discussion networks were also included. Political discussions outside of church or secular discussion networks (ranging from 0 to 4, M = 1.7, SD=1.0) measured the number of people (excluding spouses and relatives) with whom the subject discussed government, elections and politics in settings outside of a church context (i.e. neighbors and co- workers).

Authors: Nisbet, Matthew., Moy, Patricia. and Scheufele, Dietram.
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Religion, Communication, and Social Capital
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Protestants who were not clearly identifiable as either evangelical or mainline, and Protestants
from traditionally Black church affiliations. (See appendix for details on precise coding
procedures.)
“Antecedent” Endogenous Variables. Eight variables served as antecedent endogenous
variables. The cognitive dimension of religion, Biblical interpretation, (M=2.2, SD=.7), tapped a
respondent’s agreement with the following statements: 1=“the bible is a book written by men and
is not the word of God;” 2=”the bible is the word of God but not everything in it should be taken
literally, word for word;” 3= “the bible is the actual word of god, and should be taken literally,
word for word.” In terms of the associational dimension, Church attendance was measured using
six categories that ranged from “0,” never attends religious services, to “5,” attends religious
services more than once a week (M=2.0, SD=1.0). A second associational variable included in
the analysis was church-based political discussion networks (ranging from 0 to 4, M =0.1,
SD=0.5). This was a constructed measure from a battery of items included in the NES to
measure political discussion. (For an overview, see Huckfeldt and Lake, 2000). Church-based
political discussion networks measured the number of people (excluding spouses and relatives)
with whom the respondent discussed government, elections, or politics at a place of worship or
church.
Other measures of discussion networks were also included. Political discussions outside
of church or secular discussion networks (ranging from 0 to 4, M = 1.7, SD=1.0) measured the
number of people (excluding spouses and relatives) with whom the subject discussed
government, elections and politics in settings outside of a church context (i.e. neighbors and co-
workers).


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