By Jacob A. Belzen, Leslie J. Francis, Ralph W. Hood
The Archive for the Psychology of Religion/Archiv f?r Religionspsychologie is the oldest medium within the psychology of faith. it's the legitimate organ of the Internationale Gesellschaft f?r Religionspsychologie (International organization for the Psychology of faith [IAPR]) based in 1914. Following a reorganization of the IAPR in 2001, the Archiv is now released as a global, peer-reviewed journal.The present editorship is shared by means of Jacob A. Belzen, Leslie J. Francis and Ralph W. Hood, Jr. The Archive for the Psychology of Religion/Archiv f?r Religionspsychologie is open to all clinical methodologies, quantitative and qualitative in addition to to demonstrated and cutting edge conceptual and theoretical views within the psychology of faith.
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