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Behold the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), today’s fastest growing carbohydrate-based religion. According to church founder Bobby Henderson, the universe and all life within it were created by a mystical and divine being: the Flying Spaghetti Monster. What drives the FSM’s devout followers, a.k.a. Pastafarians? Some say it’s the assuring touch from the FSM’s...more
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Published March 28th 2006 by Villard (first published 2006)
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Our pasta who "arghhh" in the colander, swallowed be thy sauce. Thy serving come, thy strands be wrung, o forks as they are on spoons. Give us this day our garlic bread, and forgive us of our starchiness, as we swashbuckle, splice the main-brace and cuss, and lead us not into Kraft parmesean, but deliver us from Chef-boy-ARGHH!-Dee, for thine are the meatballs, and the beer, and the strippers, for ever and ever.

We propose a new curriculum for all classrooms. One that gives equal ti...more
This is the funniest book I've read in a long time. Bobby Henderson is a young graduate in physics, and he did not like the trend he saw in science education. He wrote a letter to the Kansas State Board of Education, suggesting that if they require Intelligent Design be taught along with Evolution (which is "just" a theory), then equal time must be spent teaching his newly invented religion, "Pastafarianism". Let the students hear all sides of a controversy, and then let them decide.

Henderson gi...more
Repent! Repent, I say unto ye, while yet there is time! Repent, O Goodreads Administrators, of thy iniquity and hypocrisy! For did ye not say, that all Holy Books shall be deemed anonymous of authorship? Did ye not say, that the Playing Field should be level?

And what, now, do we see, to our everlasting shame? The Bible and the Torah have ye marked as Anonymous. Yea, also the Quran have ye treated in this wise. But the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster have ye marked as the work of His mort...more
Jul 07, 2009 Caris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
About a year ago, I had a professor who I thought was rather clever. He was quite unapologetically anti-Christian. I thought he was fantastic.

He borrowed heavily from this book. Now, I think the book was well reasoned, but this was not the sort of class where one should present pop-culture philosophy as fact, or, even worse, as one's own opinion. If I ever meet him again, I will expose him.

That's not to say I haven't been touched by His Noodly Appendage. The rationale for the Flying Spaghetti M...more
Todd Martin
The idea behind the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is a good one. It's modeled on the argument used by flat-earthers and creationists to try to get their nutty and intellectually dishonest ideas taught in the high school science classroom. If you thought they'd given up after the embarrassment of the Scopes trial in the 1920's you'd be sorely mistaken. Instead they've simply changed their strategy and have been pushing their inane message of 'teach the controversy' and 'present alternative theor...more
Have you been touched by His Noodly Appendage?
The truth is that the FSM is hidden all around us. And He's left clues like Italian-style bread crumbs to show us the path to His Eternal Noodliness. He's in our language—every time someone tells you to use your "noodle" they're unknowingly directing you to turn to Him for guidance.

I have mixed feelings regarding the Flying Spaghetti Monster myself. Its a difficult thing to decide whether the thought of being constantly tou...more
Robert Beveridge
Bobby Henderson, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (Villard, 2006)

Can I get a Ra-men? The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is here, and pirates the world over rejoice. If you're familiar with the noodly one, you've probably got a good idea of what to expect here-- it's offensive, it's lowbrow, it's amusing, in some vague, distressing sense of the word. It is, overall, a parody of the Intelligent design movement, and as such, it is filled with pseudointellectual parodies of scienti...more
Josh Hanke
What started as an innocent letter to the Kansas State Board of Education has now started the transformation of the world's non-believers into their once-loathed, faith-based, subservient counterparts. Sarcasm aside, this is an entertaining satire of religion for the open-minded reader of any particular belief. Some atheists have complained that this will not convert any non-believers and the condescending tone furthers the misunderstanding between the fact- and faith-based communities. I think...more
Anna  Matsuyama
I might have been converted to Pastafarianism after reading this Holy Book. This book is an eye opener! I'm only a bit hesitant because I hate strongly dislike a beer the holy beverage of the Flying Spaghetti Monster's followers, however my boyfriend assures me that a ginger beer should be OK too.

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"All points of view should be available to students studying the origins of mankind," said president-reject John McCain in a 2005 interview. The context was with regards to the teaching in schools of the theory of Evolution alongside the theory of Intelligent Design (ID). This statement made by the senator has since been obfuscated to represent all points of view, quite literally.

Including that of design by the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM). And, argues author/self-proclaimed-prophet Bobby Hend...more
This is so blatantly the writings of the real Prophet of the One True God. Yes, the real and true God is the Flying Spagetti monster, and no one can prove it isn't.

It has much less wrong with it than the Christian Bible,and as we all know that that inconsistencies and mistakes are deliberately put in all holy books to test blind faith.

Pastafarianism is the fastest growing religion among the most intelligent people in the world today.

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Mar 25, 2007 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
While this book can be read solely for the sheer entertainment value, it has a much larger goal. It makes painfully clear what a farce all too much of dogma steeped religious thought is today. That said, it should not be taken too seriously; it is a joke with a purpose. If read in this light, it succeeds admirably in both cases.
The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is one of the funniest things I have come across in a while. Bobby Henderson, a physics grad student, has ingeniously crafted a mock religion that effectively parodies the fundamentalist aspects of western religions (especially Christianity) that mainstream Christians and non-Christians find groan-worthy.
Henderson created the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, also known as Pastafarianism, in response to the recent trials over Intelligent Design a...more
This book and the religion that follows it makes a concise, undeniable, and scientifically backed case for the existence of a Flying Spaghetti Monster that has, for years had its doings falsely attributed to a number of false deities. Jam packed with testimonies and scientific proofs, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster joins the ranks of the Bible, Torah, Qur'an, or any other popular story book with an equally valid explanation for the universe as it currently exists. In fact, this expla...more
A.V. Roe
LMAO and converted! The characters in my novel Our Rules Of Engagement are married by a Pastafarian minister, but then they're polyamorous living in a triad. Not exactly something main stream religion would embrace.
Oct 19, 2007 Tyne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adult+, anyone with interest in parody religions or counterculture
A friend introduced me to The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It is a parody religion, something along the lines of Discordianism but more modern. The church's purpose is to expose the flaws in modern religious institutions and spiritual beliefs, with special emphasis on intelligent design.

I was surprised to find the book “Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” at my local library. It is a collection of topics and essays explaining the religion and its goals. Topics as varied as dogma,...more
Jul 03, 2010 Morgan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who isn't close-minded or who appreciates humor
Recommended to Morgan by: My brother
This book is well on its way to become a favorite amongst the younger and the less uptight about their relgion. It was an absolutely wonderful commentary on the stupidity of religion and the arguments of it.

Overall, I took away: play nice and be friends. What a simple and wonderful message that everyone could do a little better if they only followed it.

My recommendation goes out to everyone and anyone. This book is a real eye-opener. However, it could be difficult to understand and is slightly...more
Chris Cooper
What is a funny idea & gained a huge cult following for The Flying Spaghetti Monster, did not make a fun/funny read after a chapter or two. I was excited to read this & thought it would be really funny, but the jokes get old & there really wasn't enough humor to make a full book.
Absolutely hilarious. The Gospel gives a witty, concise account of the history of the world, from FSM's creation of the beer volcano (and stripper factory) in heaven, to Mosey and the Pirates, to the 8 'I'd Really Rather You Didn'ts'. It not only points to the fundamental flaws of (many pieces of) religious scripture, but creates a phenomenally engaging book, with morals which actually - and surprisingly, coming from a book in which the universe is created by a flying pile of spaghetti and meatb...more
There were some funny points, but overall the book was extremely repetitive. The joke about global warming causing a decline in the number of pirates at sea, for example, wasn't funny after being repeated half a dozen times (rough estimate).
The Spaghetti Monster is a nice idea, but it doesn't carry a whole book. At some point it becomes stale and boring. And for someone who doesn't need to be convinced that creationism is rubbish the message behind the satire is unneeded.
Nick Wallace
Crap. Thanks for pointing out that intelligent design is a con, Johnny Obvious. Another book that caters only to people who already hold the same opinion, in effect eating itself.
Definitely entertaining, but not necessarily rave-review worthy... Skip the book and just troll through the website:
Sep 03, 2009 Margie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pirates, believers, scientists
Recommended to Margie by: The Flying Spaghetti Monster
Although most of the content of this book is available online, I find it very useful to have the holy book in my hand while I'm out proselytizing.
Not near as clever as it hopes to be.
It all began with a letter to the Kansas school board. The basic idea behind the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is that religion should not be taught in science class. Intelligent Design Theory, which posits that an intelligent designer (not explicitly stated as God, but it is implied) is responsible for the way life and most other things have developed over time. Since the existence of such a designer can be neither proved nor disproved, it is not a valid hypothesis, but this doesn't stop the I...more
I definitely enjoyed this and learning about the origin which I highly respect. This one quote alone is enough reason to pick up the book and read more: "I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; one third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence." There are...more
Jeff Wootton
Author Bobby Henderson showcases his knowledge of science and comic genius in this satirical take on organized religion. He wrote this book as a follow-up on his letter to the Kansas Board of Education stating that if Intelligent design was to be taught in schools then the FSM theory should be too. He uses all kinds of cases of "evidence" for this new religion, such as suggesting that the rise in global temperature is due to the lack of pirates. It ended up gaining a cult following among many n...more
Ms Smartarse
I started reading this book full of hope. As a 95% atheist (and 5% agnostic) myself, I was expecting an amusing, but (more) intelligent alternative to Christianity. To a certain extent I got it (hence the 2 stars):
(view spoiler)...more
Alexa Grace
Behold the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), today’s fastest growing carbohydrate-based religion. According to church founder Bobby Henderson, the universe and all life within it were created by a mystical and divine being: the Flying Spaghetti Monster. What drives the FSM’s devout followers, a.k.a. Pastafarians? Some say it’s the assuring touch from the FSM’s “noodly appendage.” Then there are those who love the worship service, which is conducted in pirate talk and attended by cong...more
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“Disclaimer: While Pastafarianism is the only religion based on empirical evidence, it should also be noted that this is a faith-based book. Attentive readers will note numerous holes and contradictions throughout the text; they will even find blatant lies and exaggerations. These have been placed there to test the reader's faith.” 4 likes
“We are not saying that Evolution can't exist, only that it is guided by His Noodly Appendage.” 2 likes
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