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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.

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For all our brothers and sisters who are currently out on the streets:

“For my people walking blindly spreading joy, losing time being lazy, sleeping when hungry, shouting when burdened, drinking when hopeless, tied, and shackled and tangled among ourselves by the unseen creatures who tower over us omnisciently and laugh;

For my people blundering and groping and floundering in the dark of churches and schools and clubs and societies, associations and councils and committees and conventions, distressed and disturbed and deceived and devoured by money-hungry glory-craving leeches, preyed on by facile force of state and fad and novelty, by false prophet and holy believer;

For my people standing staring trying to fashion a better way from confusion, from hypocrisy and misunderstanding, trying to fashion a world that will hold all the people, all the faces, all the adams and eves and their countless generations;

Let a new earth rise. Let another world be born. Let a bloody peace be written in the sky. Let a second generation full of courage issue forth; let a people loving freedom come to growth. Let a beauty full of healing and a strength of final clenching be the pulsing in our spirits and our blood. Let the martial songs be written, let the dirges disappear. Let a race of men now rise and take control.” – Margaret Walker, For My People (1942)

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