(RNS) — John Scalzi gave up on God at an early age.

The best-selling science fiction author was baptized as a baby, went to Sunday school with his churchgoing aunt when he was very young and enjoyed some of the stories he read in the Bible she had given him.

By eight, however, he had pretty much decided faith was not for him.

But the Bible stories, like Samson and Delilah, stuck with him. He liked the action in the story and the image of Philistines lying in wait to ambush the biblical strongman.

“I also remember thinking Samson must not have been very smart, because he kept telling Delilah ways to weaken him, and then didn’t make the connection when she would tie him

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