A fifth model is the "Obediential
" model, such as found in the thought of Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in which the core element of faith is obedience to the revelation of Christ.
In The Second Nun's Prologue and Tale, Chaucer associates the overthrow of tyranny and the grounding of hope with Marian-incarnational revelatory presence and self-sacrificial, obediential
Lonergan succinctly expressed the injunctions in the terms "Be attentive, Be intelligent, Be reasonable, Be responsible, and with God's grace Be in love." (39) This part of the volume will also contain a thorough presentation of Lonergan's position on the natural desire to see God and on nature as obediential
potency for the satisfaction of that desire, (40) and it will relate that position to other contemporary positions on what has become once again a very vibrant theological topic.
I can see where he is heading with matters such as "obediential
power," etc., but in real social contexts, things get a bit more complicated when constituents [to be "obeyed"] are [themselves] conflicted....
In a later chapter, he connects his understanding of the "faith-instinct" with Thomas's parallel discussion of "obediential
potency"--the human capacity to be "transformed by grace." Kainz's analysis here, along with his earlier comments on the characteristics of faith, demonstrate--as perhaps nothing else can--the limits of any purely speculative treatment of the mystery of spiritual conversion.
Rather, creation retains the capacity (in traditional language, the "obediential
potency") for becoming the (temporal) history of the (atemporal) Creator.
In operation is a schematic interlocking of law and grace, a dialectic that required penitential and obediential
undertakings here, passive and receptive postures there.
Its universal applicability is directed by empathic emotions, while its particularity is defined in obediential
But that very response, which issues out of an obediential
hearing, can be misread as carping negativity, a distancing of oneself from the Holy See.
Lottin and Haring developed a theology of conscience because they believed that Catholicism had created an obediential
, minimalist passivity in the laity that left them unprepared for the Nazis and allied Fascists.
It is doubtful that Levertov knew at this time how Claudel's organic sense echoed an ancient Catholic approach to the relationship between nature and grace, doctrinally expressed in the formula "obediential
potency" (Rahner 140-41).
Rahner's next move is to formulate a Christology in which an "obediential
potency" or human openness to God's self-communication is uniquely and fully actualized in the person of Jesus.