Considering that soul is defined quite extensively in the Bible it would not be a complete discussion without at least trying to parse what the Bible is actually saying about soul.
I am an agnostic due mainly to the fact that I did not just get the Bible pumped into me as a youngster but then I went on to study the Bible though several languages and years of research.
This convinced me that no true God could elicit such barbaric words and remain sinless.
Does the soul exist?
One might do better asking does "life" exist and if so, what is the very essence of life?
Is life simply biological automation supplied by bio energy that the body uses to sustain its autonomy or is life the sum and substance of a being, the person, our lifeline to eternity?
There is physical life and some put forth there is also spiritual life. Spiritual life would sustain itself on spiritual energy in theory
At what point does life become spiritual?
All of this is simply supposition and the carrot at the end of the stick that lures people to adopt draconian laws and hatreds in the pursuit of divinity.
Since all creatures possess life down to the smallest of germs... it would seem life (soul) evolved before all biology could make use of it.
If life is simply automation then it is no more mysterious than a model T Ford or ceiling fan.
If life is some sort of blueprint of personhood then where is it in the body and how do we isolate life and observe life outside of the body it occupies?
It seems plausible that life (the soul) is no more than autonomy, the principle that all engines and motors use to operate and remain functioning until parts wear out and it as a whole can no longer function.
Life as it relates to the soul to me are one and the same subject.
Spirit on the other hand religious people would have us believe it to be something on a much greater scale.
Though soul and spirit are often used interchangeably let's stick to this idea for discussion sake.
Soul = animal/plant life
Spirit = Something obtained from a deity (either at birth or during the course of one's life)
If we choose to confuse the terms spirit and soul there will still underlying be the animal/plant life or some deity gift or compensation to consider regardless.
By confusing the two terms the argument does not disappear.
How can the soul be a special rebirth from God if amoebas, cows and plants and unbelievers etc. all posses this same force?
If there is a force much higher and grander than life that some refer to as spirit then what evidence do we have of the existence of this force?
While we have many Christians selling out our country to power greedy war mongers, haters, liars, election fraud racist pigs it would seem the existence of some pure and blessed "holy" spirt is nothing more than a crock of ****.
Something fake to make one feel elevated and better than others...