StillSearching wrote:Also, I totally agree that atheism is not a religion, but what say you to this statement...
Atheism is a worldview.
I think theism/atheism is part of
one's worldview, and that one's worldview is affected by
one's theism/atheism, but not that it is
one's worldview. I also don't think either
theism or atheism is a religion.
While it is probably true that most theists subscribe to some formalized religion and hold to some set of religious doctrines/creeds, theism as an "-ism" is simply the belief that god(s) exist. Religion then takes that belief further and defines and describes god(s), often coming up with rules on how to live and how to relate to a particular god or set of gods. So far as I know, that is not the case with atheism, despite the attempts by some theists to call science, for example, a religion. People may approach science (or materialism, or skepticism, or atheism, or reason-ism, etc.) with a "religious fervor", but that doesn't make those things religions.