Religion had been initiated in the primitive age, when humans began to unite in societies,to prevent anarchism.They laid down some rules and regulations to run the society in a systematic way.All the basic religions in the world speak of the way of life.Notion of supernatural power was involved with the confusion of the Laws Of Nature.It was assumed that everything was conducted by an invisible superpower.Solar system,rotation,revolution,causes of natural calamities, which were associated with their day to day life,were unknown to them.The sun,the moon,the stars appeared to them as gods.Rain,flood,eclipses,storm,earthquakes, volcanoes etc were thought as rewards and punishments of their virtues(good deeds)and sins(offences).So they introduced worshiping supernatural powers to please them.Religion was probably formed with these rules of the society together with the process of worshiping the supernatural powers.Later on this supernatural power was termed as the God or gods with different portfolios(like Greek and Vedic mythology).
This was inevitable and would be unobjectionable,of course, had it been changed and moderated with the advent and advancement of science.
Henceforth,the conflicts started.The preachers and traders of religion whose professions were associated with religion didn't agree to modify it and stuck-in-the-mud for their personal interest.Rulers also joined hand with them.
In course of time religion was divided and subdivided into a number of fractions in accordance with place,time,internal conflicts,introduction of new concepts,egoism,self interest and so on as we see in modern organizations now-a-days.
The word 'Religion' is considered as a positive term.It is recognized and admitted by all the Governments in the world.An atheist has to face a problem when he is to write his religion for many official purposes.Atheist is not accepted yet officially in most of the countries as it doesn't match with their records.
We are proud as atheists and no other term is as positive as atheist to us.We are rational beings and feel exalted for being free-thinkers.But theists,who are the majority till now,think reversely.Theists bear one kind of antipathy for the term atheist.Should we be satisfied with our own judgement?Isn't it necessary to associate with the theists(there are several categories) in order to promote rationalism and scientific attitude?
Under the circumstances,so far as the origin is concerned,religion is not totally dismissive.What is necessary,is to modify it in accordance with the progress of science.The rules of the society should be also modernized keeping congruity with national and international laws.But the concept of supernatural powers must be replaced by Laws Of Nature.
Why should we leave our possession of the term 'religion' solely to the theists?Being a part of it we should say,'Our religion is Atheism.'