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Am I an Atheist or a Pastafarian?

Published October 17th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

An essay by Tyler Naffin:

For as long as I have known the meaning of the term, I have considered myself an atheist. Recently however, I have begun to reconsider my atheism. The cause of this reconsideration is Pastafarianism. Pastafarianism is a religion that was brought to my attention when I read an article in the November 2006 issue of Wired magazine called The New Atheism. In an interview with renowned atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, he mentioned the deity of Pastafarianism, the Flying Spaghetti Monster. At first I thought nothing of it, but a few weeks later I noticed a YouTube clip that had a Flying Spaghetti Monster sighting in Germany. As soon as I discovered that His Noodiliness was not a figment of Dawkins imagination, I began to research the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I discovered that it was part of the Pastafarian religion, and upon learning of some of its tenets, I was instantly converted. But this would seem to be at odds with my atheism, to believe in a god. Since then, I have been in a constant struggle to decide what I believe.

Now there has to be a reason that a firm atheist such as me would be converted to a theistic religion like Pastafarianism so easily, while rejecting other religions like Christianity and Islam. Therefore I will briefly explain Pastafarianism, while forgoing the pirate regalia usually required to be worn when teaching the ways of the religion. In the beginning, the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the Universe, presumably when he was drunk. This aspect, known as Unintelligent Design, has successfully been used to explained disco and Jar Jar Binks, among other things. His Noodiliness created pirates as absolute divine beings. The declining numbers of pirates over recent years has caused the Flying Spaghetti Monster to become angry and punish us through global warming. Heaven consists of beer volcanoes and a stripper factory, while there is no known equivalent to Hell. This in a nutshell, is Pastafarianism.

By now you must be thinking that I am a certified nut for believing in such a thing. You would also not be the first person to think such a thing on the grounds that I believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster. However I shall tell you that I do not truly believe that all of existence was created by a flying blob of spaghetti surrounding two meatballs. I never have. But I still claim that I do. The reason for that is because Pastafarianism is an excellent satire of Christianity and religion in general. A closer examination of Pastafarianism would reveal that it has many parallels to Christianity. For instance, while the Bible has Moses and the Ten Commandments, the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has Captain Mosey and the eight I’d Really Rather You Didn’ts. True to the nature of a satire, Pastafarianism causes one to look more critically at the acceptance of absurdities within the Judeo-Christian beliefs because of such parallels. But the question of why I consider myself a Pastafarian still exists, and it is a question I struggle to answer.

I use Pastafarianism to criticize the beliefs of Christians by pointing out the parallels between Christianity and Pastafarianism and how the beliefs of Pastafarianism, while absurd, are in essence the same as Christianity. After all, there is as much evidence supporting the Judeo-Christian god as there is for the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The only problem is that there are few Christians that I know at a personal level, and thus few Christians to criticize. As for my atheism, I continue to read up on many topics, including the Bible, in order to prepare myself for a debate with a Christian in areas where invoking the Flying Spaghetti Monster is unable to help. Now for the question of whether I am I an atheist or a Pastafarian, I have come to this conclusion: I will consider myself an atheist in a broad sense, such as to what group I consider myself a part of, like if I am ever asked a survey question about my religion. On the other hand, I will consider myself a Pastafarian when it comes to a personal discussion with someone in which I can properly explain my beliefs. I feel confident that I can always justify that my belief in the Flying Spaghetti Monster is no more wrong than belief in any other deity. At least we have a graph!

Well, there are many religions, but I suppose they all worship the same God.
-Bertrand Russell

You might say that because science can explain just about everything but not quite, it’s wrong to say therefore we don’t need God. It is also, I suppose, wrong to say we don’t need the Flying Spaghetti Monster, unicorns, Thor, Wotan, Jupiter, or fairies at the bottom of the garden. There’s an infinite number of things that some people at one time or another have believed in, and an infinite number of things that nobody has believed in. If there’s not the slightest reason to believe in any of those things, why bother? The onus is on somebody who says, I want to believe in God, Flying Spaghetti Monster, fairies, or whatever it is. It is not up to us to disprove it.
-Richard Dawkins



181 Responses to “Am I an Atheist or a Pastafarian?”

  1. Mathy Kid says:

    Which is not to say that it never happened. It’s merely very unlikely.

  2. ۞ says:

    JW, Look at the definition of Mutation at the bottom of this page:
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    http://www.marvel.com/universe/Glossary:M
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    You see most mutations require changes throughout an organism and are forces for good.

  3. Wench Nikkiee says:

    @Mathy Kid
    “you’re not proving the point: from an evolutionary standpoint, mutations that get corrected are just as useless as harmful mutations.”
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    My point was to point out that JW’s assertion that almost all mutations are harmful is incorrect

  4. Wench Nikkiee says:

    ۞ Oct 20th, 2007 at 7:03 am
    “What a load of rubbish. Most mutations give you an advantage, like the ability to fly, climb walls or catch fire wtc.”
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    Or obtain Ninja abilities whilst living in a sewer :p Creationists et.al. play on the average persons perception that a mutation results in something bad, whereas it just means altered.

  5. ۞ says:

    Ninja abilities are bad. We’re pirates and mortal enemies of the ninja.
    Piracy isn’t a mutation – it’s a calling!

  6. Jean Bart says:

    ۞ Oct 20th, 2007 at 2:08 pm: “Ninja abilities are bad. We’re pirates and mortal enemies of the ninja.
    Piracy isn’t a mutation – it’s a calling!”
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    “Ninja”… isn’t that a kind of turtle? In that case, Pirates on Tortuga might have evolved from them…
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    Well, I DID hear some day about “Ninja Turtles”, you know…

  7. Wench Nikkiee says:

    @۞ Oct 20th, 2007 at 1:27 pm
    “You see most mutations require changes throughout an organism”
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    That’s the thing….an altered (mutated or when functional in a new way…novel) DNA gene sequence which results in an altered function of the protein coded by the altered gene, may effect every other biochemical reactions in the relevant pathway. Also physiological biochemical pathways interact with each other and are usually dependent products produced by other pathways.
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    Or a mutation such as the one you quote from the Wiki: “specific 32 base pair deletion in human CCR5 (CCR5-Δ32) confers HIV resistance to homozygotes and delays AIDS onset in heterozygotes.” may have a more direct effect on one physiological system (immune system in that case). Sickle cell anaemia also confers resistance to malaria.

  8. Wench Nikkiee says:

    ۞
    “Or a mutation such as the one you quote from the Wiki”
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    Sorry ۞, wasn’t quoted by you…was from Mathy Kid!
    Left out the @ ect. there.

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