Are Pantheism and Deism religions?
I am an atheist, and as such I'm often confronted with the notion that atheism is just another religion. However, as many atheists are in this forum I'm sure that most members are aware that this assertion is flawed due to the fact that atheism lacks a lot of the attributes and hallmarks that other religions have, such as organized worship, codified beliefs and behaviors etc. And atheism also can not be considered a religion when using most dictionary and even academic definitions of religion. However, in recent discussions it has been brought forward that those definitions also can't grasp pantheism and deism as religions for similar or identical reasons as to why atheism is not a religion.
Many are declaring that those definitions are therefore flawed as pantheism and deism are religions in the peoples eyes. I on the other hand would contend that the definitions are fine and correct in not including pantheism and deism as religions. While they are certainly religion-like beliefs, they fall short of being actual religions due to the lack of organized worship, codified rules, etc. But what do you guys think?
As an aside, I've been recently confronted with Ninian Smart's seven dimensions of religions, among other things as the reason why Conservapedia and other fundamentalists want to define atheism as a religion as also having aspects that can be expressed in those dimensions. However, I think that this is a gross misapplication of Smart's dimensions, as I see them as entirely descriptive, rather than prescriptive. In other words, Smart's dimensions express aspects of religions that can be studied, but not everything that has these aspects is a religion. Otherwise, certain kinds of the human life which are clearly not religions but also have such aspects, e.g. sports or work, would also be declared religions.