.....and they knew their skepticism would be defeated.......
the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.
emotional or intellectual energy or intensity, especially as revealed in a work of art or an artistic performance.
"their interpretation lacked soul"
synonyms: inspiration, feeling, emotion, passion, animation, intensity, fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, warmth, energy, vitality, spirit
"their music lacked soul"
the essence or embodiment of a specified quality.
"he was the soul of discretion"
synonyms: embodiment, personification, incarnation, epitome, quintessence, essence; More
If the atheist had a soul and they knew their skepticism would be defeated and they would certainly be believers.
"....they would be believers."
Dude, leave me alone.
You lost me.
What sort of idiot would believe that an athists would want to have or claim to have a "soul?" It is not even demonstrated that there is such a thing as a soul.
Don't speak on behalf of atheists.
As an atheist, I claim to have a soul.
Obviously, not the way religionists see the soul.
But in the etymological sense of the word Anima