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  -      to choose the downward path. So truly, we may say with the Psalmist: “The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (Psalm 145: 9) Amen. The Rev. Geoffrey H. Howard lives in retirement in Summerville, South Carolina, where he is co-pastor with the Rt. Rev. Alfred Acton II of the newly designated Charleston Group. In his active ministry, between 1961 and 1999, he served in Glenview, Illinois; Tucson, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; the Durban Society in South Africa; Bryn Athyn and Boston, Massachusetts. Contact: geoffreyhoward@earthlink.net O U R N E W C H U RC H V O C A B U L A R Y Part of a continuing series developed by the Rev. W. Cairns Henderson, 1961-1966. INTELLECTUAL OF THE CHURCH The intellectual of the church, we are taught, is that when a man reads the Word, and carefully compares one passage with another, he perceives thence what is to be believed and done. It exists with those only who are enlightened, that is, who desire to know truths only for the sake of life and use. Thus the term should not be confused with what is usually called intellectualism; the emphasis here is on the search for truth as the means to the good of life. (See Arcana Coelestia 6222.) 135