“Souls aren’t anything more than just you (your consciousness).”
I quite agree, so why is it you don’t just call it ‘consciousness’? I am proud and loud about possessing a consciousness (see below for more).
You’d be well aware of the religious connotations attached to the word ‘soul’ and the concept of its “innateness”, the superstition that the soul is something everyone is born with and the excuse used to punish those who do not beleive in the god their soul proves exists…how is this rational? I tend to use language maintaining precise meaning, it helps in communicating with others.
So we aren’t talking about any ‘God’ here are we? because as you stated we cant actually know it exists so we need to apply faith. But the question is how do we apply our faith in something intangible and unperceivable? Don’t we need a revelation of some sort? Did you get a revelation from this God or did someone just tell you about it? And if you get this revelation, this notice from God, doesnt that sort of experience make faith superfluous?
Atheists do not need to make ‘God’ sound irrational, theists do a splendid job of that themselves.
You would not be the first person to try and persuade me that the universe has a disembodied consciousness and it would not be the first time I questioned someone else’s rationality.
I will agree consciousness can be measured in as electrical impulses using various medical devices and machines but only when those impulses are coursing through neural networks within nervous systems. Disembodied conscious energy is the saddest attempt of theism to claim scientific authority after centuries of suppressing it.