No, atheism isn't a religion. Although some atheists do their best to turn it into one.
Atheists don't accept that claim. Fine. My original point (all the way back to when I responded to Smoke And Mirrors) was that the human mind cannot grasp a negative concept. Like if I tell you not to imagine a pink elephant, you will naturally imagine a pink elephant.
I made a leap, based on how we know the human mind works, to suggest that atheists in fact do more than disbelieve God due to lack of evidence, they most likely believe that God does not exist.
They do so because the human mind can ONLY work with "positive claims," as you would call them. We can't conceive of "not elephants," we can only imagine elephants.
My final point was that this belief - that God does not exist - cannot be proved. This is also fact.
Is there something confusing in there for you?
Kind of funny that we're going back and forth.... that there's so much discussion around a simple definition that a grade-schooler would know: Atheists don't believe in God.
Not sure why anyone would look to convolute that. Intriguing.
Not a religion, but today's atheism is certainly a social agenda.
You can say science is open to new findings and claims.... fine. That's fair enough, but it's also totally not the point.
Atheism is defined as the theory or belief that God does not exist. If you, swayed by the overwhelming evidence, were to suddenly start believing in God, that wouldn't redefine atheism, it would simply mean you would cease to be an atheist.
In that way, atheism is quite dogmatic. The word is intended to describe a fluid subset of people who do not currently believe in the existence of God. You can jump in and out of that subset depending on your beliefs at the time.