There’s been a bit of pushback, mostly from ‘moderates’ and militant agnostics on this. I don’t think there’s any real way to get around the fact that religious belief meets the definition and the objections are spurious.
“See… I can get you what you want, I can. I can get you anything, you just have to talk to me, you have to trust me. You can trust me, ’cause I’m your priest, I’m your shrink… I am your main connection to the switchboard of the soul. I’m the magic man… Santa Claus of the subconscious. You say it, you think it, you can have it.”
– Lenny Nero, Strange Days