Robert J. Sawyer reports on his blog about a letter he received from a 12th-grade student writing an English paper on The Terminal Experiment and Calculating God. The student asks, "Are you a religious man yourself?" Sawyer's responded that he's not—but, unlike many non-religious, his skepticism is open to new evidence:
I liked playing with the notion of whether skepticism/atheism was really a reasoned position, or simply another belief system that would endure regardless of the evidence, or lack thereof, for its veracity.
Also worth checking out: Sawyer's roundup of a variety of reviewers' comments on the philosophical depth of his novels. They're all right.