I have felt what has been described as "being touched by the hands of Buddha." I'm all atheist - ah, got to go. More later!<quoted text>
In the earliest stories about Buddha, he claims says religion has nothing to do with what he teaches.
Buddha never claims to be (a) god.
It is possible to be an atheist and a Buddhist.
Similar to Taoism, there are no deities in the Tao Te Ching either.
An Asian friend of mine said he had a Buddhist way of life, a Taoist philosophy and a Christian religion.
European based cultures can't grasp that and find it a contadiction.