Miss Malone,I believe we are on the same spiritual wave-length here. So I will share this with you personally.I am especially interested in your thoughts
See,here are my thoughts on the soul issue.Yes,Edward and the Cullens still have souls. Because they still posess all the fruits of the spirit that are the very essence of the soul(according to the bible) - love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. And the reason they still retained their soul after they were turned is because they were turned against their will-it was not by their own,conscious choice. Besides that- our soul cannot be taken without our consent.In fact, it isnt even ours to give away to begin with.It is only on loan to us by God.
Now,Bella CHOSE to be turned and,by doing so,made a conscious choice to forfeit her soul(which is really another reason I don't believe it was God's will).So,in my opinion,it made no sense that she still had the fruits of the spirit after she was turned. In other vampire stories,this would have ben unheard of.
However,this does add to the uniqueness of Stephenie Meyers Vampire Saga.So I have to give her credit for creativity