" ...a soul may be beyond my understanding."<quoted text>
Perhaps Mr. Edison could, but I can't. Below is a few quotes I found from him.
My mind is incapable of conceiving such a thing as a soul. I may be in error, and man may have a soul; but I simply do not believe it. What a soul may be is beyond my understanding.
So far as the religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake ... Religion is all bunk.
I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.
All Bibles are man-made”
“I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States”
All of the above from Thomas Alva Edison
Perhaps he was a deist.
and this be the way an agnostic would think.