So a bunch of people around teh atheist interwebs have noticed a story about Bill O’Reilly claiming that Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a philosophy. This is actually just a variation on a popular Christian meme, “Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a personal relationship with God.” I also once heard a Muslim claim that Islam isn’t a religion, it’s a “way of life.”
On the other hand, I really wonder what all the people who say things like this are thinking. It’s one thing to claim atheism is a religion, since it’s at least a stance on religious beliefs (though people ordinary use “religion” to mean more than that). But to claim Christianity isn’t a religion… Christianity is a paradigm case of a religion! How can it not be obvious to everyone who says this that they’re not just redefining words for the sake of rhetorical convenience?