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n e w c h u r c h l i f e : m ay / j u n e 2 0 1 8 communicate is by email. In these circumstances the process is not perfect and it may take a lot longer, but we make the best of it. In the meantime, the New Church continues to grow and spread, requiring a continually developing clergy. Fortunately, technology grows at the same time, so there is always the hope that we will find new and better ways to train ministers. (See related photos on page 249.) The Rev. Andrew M. T. Dibb is Dean of the Bryn Athyn College Theological School. He has served as assistant to the pastor of the Carmel New Church in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada; as pastor of the Transvaal Society of the New Church Buccleuch in his native South Africa; and as Dean of the South African Theological School. He and his wife, Cara (Glenn), live in Abington, Pennsylvania. Contact: 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. RATIONAL The essential idea in this term is that of an intermediate between the spiritual and the natural – a mental plane on which light from heaven illuminates what is in the light of the world. Thus rational truth is the spiritual truth about natural things, and rational thought is thought from understanding of the spiritual uses of things. The rational is the highest plane of the natural degree, intermediate between the soul and the natural mind; and rationality is the faculty of receiving light from the Lord, and of thus perceiving the relations of things to one another and to the Lord. The terms “natural rational” and “spiritual rational” refer to the rational before and after regeneration. (See Arcana Coelestia 3314, 5150, 1944; Apocalypse Explained 569; Heaven and Hell 468) 226