No God – No Holy Spirit – No Lords Spiritual
Atheism is the one true argument against Bishops in the House of Lords
The Lords Spiritual are certain Bishops of the Church of England (including Archbishops) who have the right to sit, speak and vote in the upper chamber of the United Kingdom Parliament.
Both the Church of England and the office of Bishop, are predicated on the existence of God – in particular, on that most baffling of the three branches of the Christian triune God (itself a baffling concept), “the Holy Spirit”. Without God, “Church of England” and “Bishop” are meaningless.
The Church of England is:-
God is not true. Therefore, “Church of England” is meaningless.
The office of Bishop exists by virtue of the “Ordering of Bishops, Priests and Deacons”, of which it is stated:-
Led by the Holy Spirit, [the Church of England] has borne witness to Christian truth in its historic formularies, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, The Book of Common Prayer and the Ordering of Bishops, Priests and Deacons.
There is no Holy Spirit to lead the Church of England (which is meaningless anyway) to bear witness to “Christian truth” (which is not true anyway) in its “Ordering of Bishops, Priests and Deacons”.
“Christian truth” is one and the same thing as the “faith”, of which it is stated:-
[The Church of England) professes the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds …
The Three Creeds, Nicene Creed, Athanasius’s Creed, and that which is commonly called the Apostles’ Creed, ought thoroughly to be received and believed: for they may be proved by most certain warrants of holy Scripture.
A “creed” is a formal statement of Christian beliefs. The Three Creeds have common ground but also differences. Fortunately, we do not need to look at them in detail; philosopher Michael Martin has done the work for us in his masterpiece “The Case against Christianity” and distilled the following definition:-
Person P is a Basic Christian if and only if P believes that a theistic God exists, that Jesus lived at the time of Pilate, that Jesus is the Incarnation of God, that one is saved through faith in Jesus, and that Jesus is the model of ethical behaviour.
This is “Christian truth”. It is all untrue: not “in accord with the facts”. Therefore, the “Ordering of Bishops, Priests and Deacons” and the office of Bishop are invalid.
The argument, about Lords Spiritual, is the argument about “Christian truth”, including the truth of God. Bring it on!
See also: Lords Spiritual – Atheism UK Responds
 Canon C15 of the Canons of the Church of England. It is also (but only within the territory of England) “established according to the laws of this realm under the Queen’s Majesty” (Canon A1). The Canons of the Church of England are part of that law.
 “Holy”, in this context, comes from the same root as the “holic” in “catholic”, holos “whole”.
 “Catholic” here does not refer to the Roman Catholic Church (although that is also part of this “One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church”) but is used in its original Greek sense, katholikos “universal”, from kata “in respect of” + holos “whole”.
 From the Greek adjective apostolikos referring to apostolos “messenger”, from the verb apostellein “send forth”. “Apostolic” here refers to the “Twelve Apostles” of the New Testament who were the founders of Christianity.
 To “worship” something is, literally, to “give worth” to it (Anglo-Saxon worthscipe).
 The expression “one true God” has its origins in the New Testament (John 17:3). “True”, in the original Greek, is alêthês “in accord with the facts”. In biblical times this claim was about one God as opposed to another: “there is none other God but one” (1 Corinthians 8:4), rather than about one God as opposed to none. Nevertheless, the former necessarily subsumes the latter.
 Canon C15.
 Canon C15.
 Again, “catholic” means universal.
 Which, under Canon A2, “are agreeable to the Word of God”.
 Except, arguably, “that Jesus lived at the time of Pilate”. But this is merely saying “that X lived at the time of Y”. it is only significant if the other claims about Jesus are true.