The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Posted by Brandon Hann  /   July 15, 2011  /   Posted in Miscellaneous, Politics  /   2 Comments

Wow…I can’t believe I just titled this post with that! I didn’t make this up folks. It seems that a man by the name of Niko Alm who hails from Austria has finally won his battle with Austria’s equivalent of the DMV to take his driver’s license photo with a pasta strainer on his head. If you don’t believe me, here’s the proof:

Niko Alm Driver's License

Apparently, Mr. Alm is a member of the The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (Church of the FSM), a religious group that believes the universe was created by a flying spaghetti monster. Whether you’re laughing right now or you just think this guy is crazy, one thing is for sure; it really points out the absurdities of organized religion. I’m not here to spew my beliefs or offend anyone else’s, but I have to say that this guy’s point is well-taken. It’s a satirical take on how organized religions operate and define their existence by mystical gods and other higher beings.

About the church

Like any other church in the world, the Church of the FSM believes that the earth and the universe was created by a higher power; in this case, a spaghetti monster—not just any spaghetti monster, but a flying one. Their followers are known as Pastafarians. Their website offers this detailed description of what they represent:

Pastafarianism is a real religion.

Most of us do not believe a religion – Christianity, Islam, Pastafarianiasm – requires literal belief in order to provide spiritual enlightenment. That is, we can be part of a community without becoming indoctrinated. There are many levels of belief.

By design, the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma. That is, there are no strict rules and regulations, there are no rote rituals and prayers and other nonsense. Every member has a say in what this church is and what it becomes.

To outsiders it makes us hard to define, but here are some general things that can be said about our beliefs:

We believe pirates, the original Pastafarians, were peaceful explorers and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today
We are fond of beer
Every Friday is a Religious Holiday
We do not take ourselves too seriously
We embrace contradictions (though in that we are hardly unique)

Whether or not this church is the real McCoy is not the point. The fact is that it does exist. For those seeking hope and direction in life, but have not found it within the more modest religions available might find comfort here. Those who don’t believe in higher powers can relish in the satire. Others can simply watch in horror or pleasure.

My two cents

I’m not a fan of organized religions. I don’t believe that the way we live our lives should be dictated by a scripture written thousands of years ago. If you have religion for direction in life and it helps, then more power to you. If it consumes your life and you might be borderline insane, then I hope your god can help you. Either way, as long as you’re not hurting me or the people around you, you’re ok in my book!

What I love about the Church of the FSM is how it goes to prove that anyone, anywhere can follow a belief system and find themselves content in life. While a flying spaghetti monster might sound a little un-believable to you, I bet the followers of this church and those who don’t have a church find it un-believable that a man built an wooden boat and saved two of every animal on the planet from a 40-day flood.

Last updated: July 15, 2011
  • W.D.Cooper

    I continue to pray for you, BRANDON! If you think that YOU or ME are here, "just on our own", you are
    sadly mistaken! All you need to do, is to read about the ONE who saved us, and yes, the Bible is still
    much relevant today-everything that is going on in and around us was predicted many years ago-not
    one of GOD's Word or WORDS are null or void! Christianity is not just an "ORGANIZED" religion-IT IS MORE ABOUT a "RELATIONSHIP"-with JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD and Saviour! And I pray that you FIND HIM
    for your sake, before your exit! AND YOU CAN FIND HIM IN THE WORD OF GOD!

    P.S. And yes, NOAH DID build the ARK from the instructions of GOD, and followed GOD'S directions
    precisely, and because of his obedience to God, his family was saved!

    • Brandon Hann

      Thank you for that well-written comment. A couple of things though.

      1. Just because something is "written" doesn't make it true. As we all know, religion (in any way you want to define it) is simply faith. It's faith that what you are reading and what people are telling you is the word of God. To me, I feel that the human mind is caught up in this idea that we are too special and too unique to be nothing more than an average living organism that just happened to come about on this planet. This is why we naturally believe that we do not just die like a tree just dies. Heaven and hell are created by man to reflect the natural balance of good and evil. Although it's a complex subject, its core is very simplistic. Do what God tells you and you go to heaven. Do it not and you go to hell. Be a good person and you'll get into heaven. Be bad, and you go to hell. The part that really gets me is the forgiveness part…where we can seemingly do all sorts of bad our whole life and then ask for forgiveness near the end and be "saved". Of course religion has an answer for that too–'God knows we're not perfect and expects us to sin.' That's all very convenient if you ask me.

      2. Science and religion can't seem to coexist. Everything the bible says about how the Earth was created and how everything in the universe and on this planet came to be has been proven incorrect through science. This makes the bible read more like your average work of fiction than a historical account of our existence. This is why I am not a fan of faith. On one hand, you have a book that TELLS you how it all went down. On the other, you have a book (or many books) that SHOWS you how it all went down. Hmmm…what's more feasible to believe?

      3. It's been proven that even with today's technology, tools, materials, manpower and other supplies there is no way Noah could have built a floating vessel of the described size and design PLUS carry two of every animal. There is anywhere from 3 to 30 million species of animals on this planet so Noah, having to collect two of each, would had to have had anywhere from 6 to 60 million animals on his boat. If you're telling me that this really happened, there's something wrong.

      All in all, I think the bible was written because one man (Jesus) decided to tell a few others (the Prophets) about the visions he had walking the desert alone (just like every other religion) and the book was used to find followers for the church. The purpose? To get society in order because before religion, it was utter chaos–there was no structure, no civility, no nothing. What better way to control man, than to instill fear in him? What better way to instill fear than to tell him that if he does wrong, a merciless God will strike him down? It's all a very nice story and to be honest, I'm happy that it keeps people "God-fearing" so that we may have some nice people in this world.

      I also have no disrespect for anyone's beliefs. Do what you must to get into the gates of heaven, but do it privately and don't make others feel like they're lost without the word of God. I can assure you, all of us "non-believers" are doing just fine.