You can be a member of Ethical Culture.
You can be a Tibetan Buddhist.
You can be a Confucian.
You can be a New-Ager, though mostly I don’t recommend it.
You can be a Stoic.
You can be a Taoist.
You can be a Unitarian-Universalist who doesn’t believe in a god.
You can be a secular Jew.
Or you can be a Humanist like me who sees all of life’s central concerns as part of his religion.
Quite so, as it is not essential that belief in a deity is necessary to be religious in the broadest sense.
But most religious people would associate being religious as believing and practicing a theist religion with its deity, sermons, dogmas, rituals etc. as unquestionable and to be accepted with faith.
OTOH, how about being irreligious instead?
Irreligion (adjective form: nonreligious or irreligious) is the absence of religion, an indifference towards religion, a rejection of religion, or hostility towards religion. When characterized as the rejection of religious belief, it includes atheism, religious dissidence and secular humanism. When characterized as hostility towards religion, it includes antitheism, anticlericalism and antireligion. When characterized as indifference to religion, it includes apatheism. When characterized as the absence of religious belief, it may also include agnosticism, ignosticism, nontheism, religious skepticism and freethought. Irreligion may even include forms of theism depending on the religious context it is defined against, as in 18th-century Europe where the epitome of irreligion was deism.
Bold added by me.
Apatheism (/ˌæpəˈθiːɪzəm/ a portmanteau of apathy and theism/atheism), also known as pragmatic atheism or (critically) as practical atheism, is acting with apathy, disregard, or lack of interest towards belief or disbelief in a deity. Apatheism describes the manner of acting towards a belief or lack of a belief in a deity, so it applies to both theism and atheism. An apatheist is also someone who is not interested in accepting or denying any claims that gods exist or do not exist. In other words, an apatheist is someone who considers the question of the existence of gods as neither meaningful nor relevant to his or her life.
Again, bold added by me.
BTW, thank you for the link to Richard Dworkin’s final work on “Religion without God” of which I am in the process of reading, understanding and digesting the implications of his concept of religion as such. Consider this quote from his writing:
Albert Einstein said that though an atheist he was a deeply religious man:
To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong in the ranks of devoutly religious men.
As a free thinker with a philosophical taoist perspective, I can appreciate Einstein’s concept of being religious in this sense.
Compare his insight of ultimate reality to this from the Tao Te Ching:
Ineffability or Genesis:
The Way that can be told of is not an unvarying way;
The names that can be named are not unvarying names.
It was from the Nameless that Heaven and Earth sprang;
The named is but the mother that rears the ten thousand creatures, each after its kind. (chap. 1, tr. Waley)
These famous first lines of the Tao Te Ching state that the Tao is ineffable, i.e., the Tao is nameless, goes beyond distinctions, and transcends language.
Finally, bold added by me.
Was Einstein a taoist?