Is Reconstructionist Judaism essentially atheistic? It seems that they treat Judaism as mere "culture" that they should cherish.
In fact, that's what atheism's view is on most religions: that there isn't really God but people believe in him anyway as a strategy to get along with others. Things like making better society, upholding morality, uniting people against common enemies, properly aligning ones' interests to common goals etc.
Am I missing something?
Some quote from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reconstructionist_Judaism
Not all of Kaplan's writings on the subject were consistent; his position evolved somewhat over the years, and two distinct theologies can be discerned with a careful reading. The view more popularly associated with Kaplan is strict naturalism, à la Dewey, which has been criticized as using religious terminology to mask a nontheistic, if not outright atheistic, position.