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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
Paperback, 169 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Villard (first published 2006)
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Jan 20, 2008 Clay rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 01, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion, humor
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.

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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
Aug 27, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing
بابی هندرسون مولف این کتاب به شکلی طنزآمیز ادعای پیامبری نموده و این کتاب را بعنوان کتاب مقدس خود" انجیل هیولای اسپاگتی پرنده" از جانب آفریننده ی جهان که با اسم "هیولای اسپاگتی پرنده" از آن نام میبرد، معرفی نموده است. وی دین خود را پاستافاریانیسم(پاستا+راستافاریانیسم(نام حرکتی مذهبی در جامائیکا که باب مارلی یکی از اعضایش بود) نامگذاری نموده و هم اکنون افراد بسیاری در سراسر جهان به ویژه آمریکا، آلمان، لهستان، مجارستان، سوئیس و اسکاندیناوی پیرو این مذهب طنزگونه و منتقد ادیان الهی و طراحی هوشمند می ...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
Dec 16, 2014 Shauna rated it really liked it
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
Robert Beveridge
Jan 29, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
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
Anna Kļaviņa
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.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster's website


Josh Hanke
Aug 12, 2011 Josh Hanke rated it really liked it
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
Apr 25, 2009 Shockwave rated it it was amazing
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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May 18, 2009 Brenna rated it liked it
"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
Mar 25, 2007 John rated it really liked it
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.
Rachel Jackson
Mar 21, 2016 Rachel Jackson rated it did not like it
Everyone seems to love this book. I remember reading it years and years ago, but clearly none of it stuck with me then, and I almost wish I hadn't wasted the time trying to reread it now. The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is supposed to be a satirical take on modern religion, how anti-science people use religion to get what they want and brainwash people. I get it. The approach is there. But Bobby Henderson does it so painfully and annoyingly that this book was impossible to read. The h ...more
Chris Cooper
Sep 28, 2012 Chris Cooper rated it it was ok
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.
Chedy Riahi
"إنجيل وحش السباغتي الطائر" هو كتاب يحاكي بسخرية حجج المدافعين على التصميم الذكي فيبين تهافت تأكيدهم على أن التصميم الذكي هو نظرية علمية لا تقف ورائها نظرة دينية للعالم. وحش السباغتي الطائر هو رد بوبي هندرسون على قرار كنساس في أمريكا السماح بتدريس التصميم الذكي كبديل على التطور سنة 2005 (و هندرسون يطالب بتخصيص وقت ممثل لتدريس نظرية السباغتي في التطور), وهذا الوحش هو نوعا ما قرين إبريق راسل (إبريق الشاي الكوني).

يفسر هذا الإنجيل التطور، ويربط بين التغير المناخي وتناقص عدد القراصنة (هم شعب وحش السب
Aug 06, 2009 John rated it really liked it
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
Aug 29, 2013 Greg rated it it was amazing
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
Sydney Miller
From now on my god of choice is The Flying Spaghetti Monster. He sounds bitchin'! Bobby Henderson is a genius, the topic of FSM is both hilarious and a huge punch to the face of organized religion. I laughed out loud in so many occasions while reading this, even in public! This book, be it fiction or nonfiction, is a work of art. Thank you to everyone that contributed to writing it, it is fantastic!
If you find organized religion as humorous and silly as I do, this book is going to kill you with
Oct 19, 2007 Tyne rated it liked it
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,
Jan 21, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, I REALLY wanted to love this book, I really did. But it was hard to get through. I just didn't like some of the humor. I know this book is overall a parody, to poke fun of religions but just some of the terms he used and the humor was lacking. I dunno. I probably won't reread this again. I expected so much out of this and was sorely disappointed. Oh well.
Jul 03, 2010 Morgan rated it really liked it
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
Fadi Tibi
Jul 26, 2016 Fadi Tibi rated it it was amazing
million percent convinced. overwhilming evidences and undeniable arguments. FSM is the true creator. Ramen
Stephen Hines
Jan 29, 2016 Stephen Hines rated it really liked it
I skipped some parts of this mostly satire but overall it was a hilarious spoof on intelligent design and young earth theories.
Hugh Smalley
Sep 14, 2016 Hugh Smalley rated it really liked it
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
Feb 12, 2016 Yasemin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Matthew Morgan
Dec 01, 2015 Matthew Morgan is currently reading it
I love flying balls of satire and spaghetti. "The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" by Bobby Henderson is great at insult and mocking religious ideals by using satire, this book also presents a silly origin story, and this religious book is very good at adding flavor to this spaghetti in the form of its traditions. This book is a golden statue of spaghetti and tomato sauce that laughs in the face of any religious argument to teach creationism in school, this is show by mocking ideas like w ...more
Lane Sawyer
Feb 16, 2015 Lane Sawyer rated it it was amazing
The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the first holy religious tome I found that really speaks to me. After trying the Bible (a terrible book where dashing babies upon the rocks is encouraged by God) and the Book of Mormon (which is basically just Bible fan-fiction), I was looking for something more.

That something more is our noodly LORD, the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Bobby Henderson is a true prophet in our day. FSMism is the ONLY religion that is scientifically proven, has a beer volca
Jul 22, 2015 David rated it it was ok
I had been interested in reading this book since it was published in 2006, which was around the time that I was consuming a lot of atheistic and scientific materialist content from the likes of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. I imagine that if I had read the book back then, I would have found it more entertaining, and I wanted to like it more than I did—but I couldn't.

The book is incredibly tedious and repetitive, and runs out of steam fairly quickly. I will admit that it did make me chuckle a f
Robert Breitling
Dec 01, 2015 Robert Breitling rated it it was amazing
Religion is a serious topic, or is it? In Bobby Henderson's "The Gospel of The Flying Spaghetti Monster" he explores a new way of looking at religion. Comedic and satirical at times, this new look into religion is sure to cause many to reconsider things they had never even considered. Intended to help create a lighter take on this previously serious subject, Henderson includes many exaggerations with the goal of lifting the mood of the reader by showing not how ridiculous things are, but how muc ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Mike rated it liked it
This was a tome I needed twenty years ago or so. Even though it wasn't published 20 years ago. Although that was probably done on purpose through the will of our Noodly Creator.

Well into 6.9 agnosticism, this book now just serves as an illustration of "I can't believe how silly religion is" for me. I would have probably given this 4 stars if I were more mathematically inclined. I feel like I only got the very surface of the jokes in those scholarly proofs. A lot of the text was repetitive and co
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Bobby Henderson is an American physicist and author, best known internationally for creating the "Flying Spaghetti Monster", a religious parody that has since spawned an entire mock religion embraced by critical thinkers all over the world.
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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.” 7 likes
“We are not saying that Evolution can't exist, only that it is guided by His Noodly Appendage.” 6 likes
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