for the existence of God. He also affirms the allusive character of language suggested by John Wisdom. Buber calls for "prayer," that is, the use of religious language as an expression of the event of faith. The argument made here agrees with that call. On one level God functions within Western civilization as the presupposition of modern science. On another level God's function remains obscure and subconscious. Few realize their affective acceptance of the limits of human knowledge, the need for transcendent values, and the authority of tradition. Using the word "God" as an allusive cry, as a prayer expressing an implicit commitment, depends first on a self-conscious recognition of all that word entails. An explicit theology affirming the meaning of God's function in modern life establishes the base from which to ascend to a more complete functioning of the divine. This study suggests the dimensions of such an explicit theology.