I believe your soul is simply who you are. As an atheist I believe we will never know what happens after death until we truly are there. But every person is different in his or her own way.
YOU ARE NOT A BODY
YOU HAVE A BODY
YOU ARE A SOUL
I think this depends entirely on their definition of the word Soul. Most of my friends are atheist, and would say that they didn't have a soul, but that only goes so far as to say that they don't expect to spend eternity in heaven or hell. But, when asked about what it means to be good, or if they had a moral compass, they answer Yes. So, if spirit, or an emotional core is what you deem as a "soul", then they would say Yes. They just don't think of it as a ghostly being, or an alternate form of existance, as some Christians do.
I am not completely atheist but in terms of christianity, definitely yes. I don't believe in Jesus or God, I think there is something bigger, just not sure what. Beside the point, I believe I have a spirit or a soul, whatever you would like to call it. I don't think or feel that the idea of a soul has to have a direct relationship to a religion.
It is the duality of these two that makes a soul,soul is not a seperate enity of it's self.Your spirit is litteral in that it is the verry breath of god himself who is a spirit,he breathed himself into the mortal human body.The grave is not the end of it.
For us earthdwellers ya scamp so keep going about your days and make sure you atleast smile knowing you might kick the bucket any day now,
some people do believe that atheist have a soul which is understandabke gives them something to look forward tom in the day
Sometimes atheism is funny, why? These people obviously haven't lived their life to the fullest yet. Why don't you go out from your comforts zone, go to the remote areas of this world, try to find tribes that still practicing their primitive rituals of worships, mingle with them and try yourself with their 'black magic'/voodoo and see if you're 'bullet-proof' with this kind of things. If nothing happens only then you can proudly tell the whole world that there is no such things.
As an atheist myself I believe that each of these beliefs require the other: there is no God and we have no souls. I don't believe in anything that cant be explained by science. That's what "atheist" means to me. To be clear, I understand that in relation to the universe as whole, modern science explains virtually nothing and we will all be dead before that changes, but considering the lack of evidence of anything even remotely supernatural, this is my belief. Its about what is natural and what is supernatural. Things fall into one category or the other and one category doesn't actually exist.
No in the christian sense , but we have a energy and a moral compass. The only issue is we do not find out until we pass on. Some say when the body dies we lose 2.4 ounces. Could that be our soul/energy/moral compass? There is no dogma to be an atheist so some believe in souls and some don't.
Can a souless person function,well look at those serial killers some do not feel remorse for what they do,they do not feel compasion for another and for themselves either,a souless person just do,in other hand a personn with a soul do have compasion do have hatred, do have feeling for others or for themselves.
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The concept of a "soul" is an over-simplification of a "mind" of a human being. Obviously, most things having to do with religion have very little, if any, basis in science or psychology. A rational thinker will see a person and look to study the physical aspect that creates the mind/soul which is the brain,to determine the reasons behind someone's thought process and who they are. Religious people skip the brain entirely, and base who they are on a "soul". This same kind of thinking is why everyone uses the expression "words from the heart" because back in biblical days, love was literally thought to be conceived in the heart, rather than the mind.
Tl; dr: Soul is a simple person's way of saying mind, just like simple people believe they think using their heart.
At what point during evolution did beings become human enough to have a soul? Was it when they had sufficient language to have a word for it? Or when they decided they weren't too keen on the idea of certain death? Living without a soul is infinitely simpler than trying to work out how to up the odds on eternal bliss.
As an Atheist, I can affirm that I do not believe I have a soul. The soul is nothing more than something religious people came up with to explain how humans could live after their living bodies ceased to function. I am nothing more than a bag of meat, bones, and organs. After I die, that will be the end of it.
When it comes down to it, what does having a soul mean? Does it mean you are alive, caring, loving, or all together just good? A person can live a good wholesome life just as any other person on the earth, even when they don't believe in souls. It just a matter of environment one is raised in, is the way of determining his actions and attitudes.
It seems that there isn't a lot of talk of "soul" or other spiritual terminology from prominent atheists. I'm not sure what most people actually believe; I know that I am rather agnostic, and I personally believe in something greater than simple human life. However, to speak of "atheists" in general, one should probably look at what is being said in public, and that generally does not talk about a soul in the religious sense.
I believe that I am just a combination of various elements from the earth. My consciousness is the result of various electrical impulses. After I die, those impulses will stop and my consciousnesses will be no more. I will lie in a pine box is I rot away. I do not have what you call a soul.
Seeing this page, I was surprised that so many have answered yes. Personally, I think the idea of a soul is anti-intellectual and misguided. Why posit something over-and-above what actually exists, when there is no need for it? The idea that I am actually some immaterial thing that follows my body around, or controls it like someone driving a car, has so many trouble implications that it doesn't hold up to scrutiny. At what point in our evolution did souls appear, for instance. Did my soul form in my mother's uterus alongside my body? Did it swoop down out of the aether to inhabit my foetal body? Why is it attached only to this body? If I was an immaterial soul, I wouldn't want to be stuck with just this body; I'd want to fly around and see the wonders of the world without having to pay airfares. Why stop there though? I could travel to distant galaxies, hang out with some alien souls.
The only reason someone would believe they have a soul is because they're scared that death is the complete cessation of existence. It makes people feel good that when their bodies die they will live on in some form. Which in itself isn't a bad thing, I guess, but it can become quite bad when all the other religious bits are added on.
That's all there really is to it. You are just different elements from nature, being powered from impulses. Once you have died, those impulses of course wont occur anymore. You will have no afterlife. You will just be a dead person. Nothing more to it. There is no such thing as a soul.
These entities are created by religions for two reasons - 1. To keep their followers happy that they will have a better life after death and dont mind the hardships here 2. To scare those non believers / non followers saying after death you will rot, will be punished, etc. Ability of human strength is limited when alive and nothing after dead. Just a piece of meat. Nothing else.
Until there is a sufficient consensus on the definition of a soul, there is no way for me to possibly believe it to exist. Now, if I were to assume that a soul is an invisible, life-giving entity that leaves your body after you die, then no. I do not believe I have such a soul. I might even go so far as to say that I believe I have no soul.
However, I could be persuaded to believe that one day a machine will be made so intelligent that it will learn to question its existence. I believe that the neural net processor that is our brain can be replicated, through shared efforts, and that computer programs can evolve to the point where they will themselves believe they have a soul.
Then there will be little to distinguish us from a machine, at which point we might as well reconsider our idea of grandeur and self importance, since we might as well have been born a machine.
It's comforting to think we're more than a slab of meat on a tiny ball in a tiny solar system in an infinite universe, but there's a time and place for comfort. Science may well be uncomfortable, but in the end, giving up science means you're giving up one comfort for another comfort.
You don't need a soul to appreciate life.