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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.
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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: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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There are already over 100 reviews on this book, most of which talk about the content of it. Rather than add yet another you will likely skim over and ignore, I'm going to talk about the quality of the hard cover version of the book.

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.
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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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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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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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