Mr. Banks (both his literary and science fiction personae) gets interviewed by The Australian where he shows himself to be just another grumpy old man:
I feel for you bro.
"I am becoming a curmudgeon, I am becoming less tolerant in a lot of ways. I am a humanist and I am struggling not to see all people of faith as idiots. I get really annoyed about it sometimes but I suppose you can't do that because there are lots of very intelligent people who believe in God.