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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; a edition (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812976568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812976564
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Scientific American

An elaborate spoof on Intelligent Design, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is neither too elaborate nor too spoofy to succeed in nailing the fallacies of ID. It's even wackier than Jonathan Swift's suggestion that the Irish eat their children as a way to keep them from being a burden, and it may offend just as many people, but Henderson, described elsewhere as a 25-year-old "out-of-work physics major," puts satire to the same serious use that Swift did. Oh, yes, it is very funny.

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About the Author

Bobby Henderson holds a B.S. in physics, and although he has received several job offers from Las Vegas gambling interests (really... we're serious), he currently supports himself as a full-time prophet. Bobby got his start as a prophet in 2005, shortly after the Flying Spaghetti Monster appeared before him and disclosed that He was the true creator of the universe. The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is his first religious tome. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bobby Henderson holds a B.S. in physics, and although he has received several job offers from Las Vegas gambling interests (really! we're serious), he currently supports himself as a full-time prophet. Bobby got his start as a prophet in 2005, shortly after the Flying Spaghetti Monster appeared before him and disclosed that He was the true creator of the universe. The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is his first religious tome.

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This has got to be one of the funniest books I have ever read.
Anthony Veilleux
Is a good book to read and easy to understand I recommended to any one that has an open mind and love books like me.
Virginia Garcia
He's trying to shill his book "God Speaks! The Flying Spaghetti Monster in his own Words."
Scott Kozlowski

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275 of 294 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kozlowski on April 16, 2006
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Let me start by saying that The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a great read in a less than steller book. The quality of the paper and the cover a more like a grade school workbook than anything else I can compare it to. That said, reading the words as written by the Prophet, Pasta be upon his plate, Bobby Henderson is a riot! There are jokes throughout this book that are genuinely Laugh-out-loud funny, like the evolution of the tail bone for fighting or the War of Aggression against pirates wages by the Harri Christnas...

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."
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104 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on January 1, 2007
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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 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.
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616 of 696 people found the following review helpful By Lynn's Daughter on March 28, 2006
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As a science teacher, I believe that if we are to teach the controversy and let children decide, then we should teach ALL alternative theories to evolution, including FSM ideas. In that case, this gospel would provide an excellent teaching resource.
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366 of 424 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Williams on March 28, 2006
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As a long time FSM convert I can testify that when one is touched by the true god's noodles or tasted the bounty his Meatballness offers all free, you will forever be changed. Come forward all of you lost people and discover the truth that will set you free.

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.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Martha Welsh on March 28, 2006
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What many of Bobby Henderson's critics seem to miss is that he's not anti-religion, he's anti-teaching-Intelligent-Design in SCIENCE classes. Strangely, he also seems to have a problem with pseudo-science, wherein correlations are accepted as evidence of causal relationships.

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!
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101 of 117 people found the following review helpful By J.T. on April 27, 2006
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As a Christian with a strong belief in the value of Intelligent Design principles, I was horrified to hear of this book. It seemed to be a mockery of all that we righteous stand for. Despite this, I think it's very important to know thy enemies, and so I read a copy fo this book as soon as I was able.

Let me tell you, this book really is on to something. I think the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a true divine being, and we are not doing enough to teach it's gospel. I think it's entirely possible, having read this book, that we Christians have so much to learn and incorporate about the FSM. I am going to fight to get this book into our schools and our classes. And I have started a letter writing campaign to Judges Roberts and Alito to try to get them to see the value in praising the FSM in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have. Really.

Ramen.
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