I think that a lot of us, whether we are religious or not - there are no words to express some things except religious words. For instance, 'soul.'
I think, in a written novel, the way in which you play with the readers' emotion or the way in which you engage the readers' emotions can be very indirect. You could come at it through irony or comedy, etcetera, and you could capture people's sympathies and feelings kind of by stealth if you like.
I used to say, 'There is a God-shaped hole in me.' For a long time I stressed the absence, the hole. Now I find it is the shape which has become more important.
Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.
Neil Patrick Harris
Walter Jon Williams