Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, offered the opportunity for yet another discussion of God’s existence and Stephen’s uncanny ability to mix the automatic fundamentalist response of his character, a more subtle reflection of his own just beneath the surface:
God invented us, we invented God back, we just paid the favor back. He’s eternally existing whether or not we believe in him. We created our knowledge of him, we created our acceptance of him, but God was there outside of time whether or not we believe in him.
Mr. Botstein proved to be a good humored and intelligent sparring partner for Stephen.