"Many Christians seem to believe that atheism is a religion, but no one with a fair understanding of both concepts would make such a mistake. Because it’s such a common claim, though, it’s worth demonstrating the depth and breadth of the errors being made. Presented here are the characteristics which best define religions, distinguishing them from other types of belief systems, and how atheism utterly fails to even remotely match any of them.
[goes on to explain these conditions]
Belief in Supernatural Beings:
Sacred vs Profane Objects, Places, Times:
Ritual Acts Focused on Sacred Objects, Places, Times:
Moral Code With Supernatural Origins:
Characteristically Religious Feelings:
Prayer and Other Forms of Communication:
A Worldview & Organization of One’s Life Based on the Worldview:
A Social Group Bound Together by the Above:"
About Atheism, November 12. 2007