It all began in June 2005 when Bobby Henderson of Oregon wrote an open letter to the Kansas School Board proposing a third alternative to the teaching of evolution and intelligent design in schools. Bobby is a prophet of sorts, the spiritual leader of a growing, world-wide group of followers who worship the teachings of The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM). The FSM appeared to Bobby as a giant ball of spaghetti, with meatballs for eyes, and touched Bobby with "His noodly appendage" - resulting in the revelation that the FSM is the real creator of the universe. The FSM faithful look to Bobby as their prophet and spiritual leader. They call themselves FSMists or "Pastafarians".
Shortly after Bobby's revelation and his letter to the Kansas School Board, a website (www.venganza.org) came into existence to promote the word. Then came the articles, which were worldwide: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), Die Welt (Germany), Surprise (Austria), and many others chimed in to report the existence of the FSM. Bobby received letters of support from academics and Kansas School Board members alike - not to mention a couple million hits per day on the website. Then students began proselytizing across campuses nation-wide, and it was all-too-clear that there needed to be a book to lay out FSM scripture, rites and observances, proofs, and answers to the Big Questions.
With its loose moral standards, and the offer of a heaven featuring both a stripper factory AND a beer volcano, Pastafarianism will only grow in numbers. And all those people are going to want to listen to this book.
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A Point Laboured
I'm this book's target audience, a confirmed atheist that liked the joke of making up a religion to poke fun at those that claim superiority over others based on their reading material.
After a while I got the joke and yet there was still hours to go to get through the book. The conversation wasn't wide enough or engaging enough to hold my attention.
Tough gig. Not really the teller's fault the material was so repetitive.
I'd see this as a one-off TV show hosted by Penn and Teller.
All hail his noodily appendage.
- D. Deeks