I for one had never heard of the author, much less known about his beliefs. The man is nowhere even close to preaching here: the allegory is apt and doesn't even *mention* any deity for cryin' out loud! There's no "overtly religious meandering" anywhere within 100 miles of this article.
Author: Again, an excellent technical article, with *several* good, insightful citations. Thanks!
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