Originally Posted by lliam
Something you can only believe, is faith. If faith unites people into a community, it's called religion.
And ideas, regardless of their content they have, are the basis for any kind of faith.
I'm just an atheist, but I think, as atheism is sometimes lived, that's nothing more than religion. The fundamental somebody defends his ideas, the more intense is his faith. So here an idea elevates to faith. And in a community it is religion.
e.g. if you don't see the principle, you can't say that Buddhism is a religion. Although Buddhism is very transcendent and stuff, it is a religion that originally knows no deity.
Buddha isn't God or any kind of it.
But we shouldn't go around in circles. Perhaps we can agree, that what I call religion, e.g. atheism, works under certain conditions similar to a religion, according to your definition of religion.
Buddhist believe that when you die you come back as an animal it's kinda a religion. Buddha more like a prophet like Jesus or Muhammad. Satanism is a religion but Satan isn't a god according to the bible hes an angel.
In my definition of religion i said it's the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. Atheist don't believe in any god due to a lack of evidence. Atheism is a religion like abstinence is a sex position.