The atheistic "religion"

I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine who considers himself an atheist, and was stricken at how the “new atheism” sounds like a religion, he could site me books, speakers websites etc and even nearly had a deontological code of what to consider true or false.
The god of the atheist takes a new name, it is called “evidence”

In light of this could we consider the atheism a religion?
Repellent as the idea would sound.

I think of a religion as something that necessarily includes a concept of the supernatural. If your definition is broader, and does not require a supernatural element, then you could call it a religion.

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