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The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Paperback – March 28, 2006
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The book is comprised mostly of a satirical look at the ID movement and claims of the religious kooks out there. There are some rather brilliant passages that are really just ID transposed as FSMism, making one think quite often "how do they believe this crap?"
There are some other aspects of the book that read more like "Genesis" than the "open letter" that The Prophet, pasta be upon his plate, is famous for. These are entertaining and serve as a solid foundation for faith in his Noodly presence. But it's the revelation of the FACTS that truly reveal the Glory and prove the existence of our Noodly Master.
Oh, and BTW, DO NOT fall for the review of Mr. John Smith. He's trying to shill his book "God Speaks! The Flying Spaghetti Monster in his own Words."
Henderson created the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, also known as Pastafarianism, in response to the recent trials over Intelligent Design and whether or not it belongs in a school's curriculum (or whether evolution has no place there). FSM claims that the world was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster, that pirates are His chosen people, and that Earthly problems, such as global warming are a direct result of the shrinking numbers of (actual) pirates in the world (Henderson has a graph that shows there is a direct correlation between the number of pirates and average global temperatures).
Using "facts" and "science", Henderson shows how evolution is wrong and that life can only have been created by the FSM, who obviously has a sense of humor due to certain things that happen in life. He also talks about how FSM heaven is so much better than Christian heaven due to the presence of a beer volcano and a stripper factory.
Other great aspects are the twists on biblical stories and places (such as why the great flood occurred or the Olive Garden of Eden) as well as the 8 Commandments (or is it Condiments) or FSM, commonly known as the "8 I'd Really Rather You Didn'ts", due to the fact that each one starts off with, "I'd really rather you didn't...".
Obviously, this book requires a sense of humor to be enjoyed, because it pokes fun at religion. But if you can see this book for what it is, a great parody of some of the stranger aspects of religion, you will definitely enjoy it.
Many of the reviews comment about the rather poor quality of the paperback. It gets bent, curls, falls apart, or otherwise is just not that sturdy. The hard cover on the other hand is much better. This is how the book should have been published in the first place. The cover has a smooth red finish, and all of the writing and FSM logo are stamped in gold foil onto the cover. It's about 3/4" thick and weighs less than a Kindle. In addition to all this, you are also provided with a single gold ribbon bookmark that fits nicely between the pages without creating a bulge.
The only downfall of the hardcover version is its price. While you can get the Gospel in paperback for a few dollars, the hard cover version will set you back $25-35. If you want a quick read, get the paperback, but if you want a quality version that can stand on your bookshelf next to your Bible, Qu'ran, and Bhagavad Gita, get the hard cover one.
The FSM view of creation must be taught in our public schools and our laws must be changed to allow everyone to find out how the one true god created mankind - evolution is a bunch of voodoo crap, and Intelligent Design is just a branch off the same decayed tree of lies.
I particularly love the people who curse him (read the site for some scary threats) and don't seem to get the meaning of the word "parody."
53% of today's Americans believe that humans were plopped down on the planet in the exact form seen today? Sheesh.......thank the beer-factoried heaven that there are bright lights like Bobby to cheer us up.
Some reviewers are discussing the flimsy workmanship: Nope--Villard is a legitimate company in the Random House family, definitely NOT a vanity press. Who knows why they couldn't spring for a better quality binding? No beer factory or strippers for THEM!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I figured the book would not be so flimsy and color book like. I was really disappointed. But the read is good.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant account of the truth! ;) Was filled with light and utter glee from start to finish!Published 2 days ago by Blue Sky
Bought this for a friend that had never heard of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He now believes...Published 7 days ago by G-Spot
Pretty much just as great as you'd expect, with pirates. This is just a simply fantastic book; funny, intelligent, and witty, through and through. Read morePublished 7 days ago by John
Pretty much satire and incredibly. A nice hard copy that costs less than many paperbacks.Published 20 days ago by Gregory Starkey
As an ordained Pastafarian minister, this book is a necessity for myself as well as my parishioners. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jason
When I started on this review, I was bombarded with questions from Amazon, such as "Is there sexual content"? Read morePublished 29 days ago by RFC