Philosophers Simon Critchley and Cornel West muse in this discussion on questions of faith, religion and politics, based on Critchley’s book The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology (2012). Critchley puts forward a notion of a secular form of religion, in which religion is that force which binds people together in association. Thus, it also forms the basis of political action. As a means to this end, Critchley invokes Wallace Stevens’ idea of a “supreme fiction”, that is a narrative we know is fictive but which we choose to believe in anyway. This is the essence of faith. The discussion was held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 7, 2012.