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The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (Pastafarianism)

by Max Gold
on 03 June 2008
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It was once said by a wise man that there are (arbitrary large number) paths to God. Our current path of choice is the youngest religion to date—a mere three years old. This new sect is called Gospel, an ever-growing following, religious art and artifacts and best of all: evidence. It's a religion of the modern age because it exists only virtually, both interactive and accessible to everyone (i.e. it's for nerds).

Endorsed by scholars around the world, CFSM is a creative response to the theory of Intelligent Design. At its core, Pastafarianists believe that if we can decide that scientific evidence exists proving all things were created by a single God in seven days, then, well, to quote from the Open Letter To the Kansas School Board, "Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing toward evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him."

"Some claim that the church is purely a thought experiment, satire, illustrating that Intelligent Design is not science, but rather a pseudoscience manufactured by Christians to push Creationism into public schools. These people are mistaken. The Church of FSM is real, totally legit and backed by hard science. Anything that comes across as humor or satire is purely coincidental."

FSM ingeniously takes a seemingly solution-less argument that has generated endless hate and confusion, and liberates the controversy with clever humor. As it grows in popularity, FSM joins the ranks of Steven Colbert and others, pushing satire to new limits by not only imitating but becoming that which deserves ribbing.

Though FSM will never admit to it.

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