I gave a close friend of mine a copy of The Gospel just after it came, it is now on her book clubs list and at I believe the end of March they will be discussing it. Interestingly the book club meets in a restaurant and there is always a "book club" three course meal on offer. As my friend is also the chef in the restaurant a themed menu would be appropriate and also she has invited me as a newly ordained minister to speak at the event.
First - The meal
- Starter - Perform a miracle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRfl_f75YtQ
I have the ingredients and simple to do.
- Main course is Along with the spaghetti , with one dangling over the edge of the plate for his noodily appendage, Along with the two big meatballs representing his power, and pimento stuffed olves on cocktail stick as his eyes see all and all covered in tomato sauce for his blood. obvious - but should as a minister pray to his noodlyness for Transubstantiation to occur as these are not acolites.
- Well you could say Ramen but that's not really a desert – really stuck on this one, any ideas out there ?
Second - The talk
The challenge here is everyone will have read the book so should be familiar with The Gospel. My qualifications for talking, firstly an ordained minister of the FSM, secondly I have a degree in Physics. So what should I speak about ?
My first though is to talk about why the FSM is important to me and why I became a minister. So some things I could talk about, don’t want to make it boring and think I need to keep it between 5 and 10 mins at most but some topics…
• FSM in the real world. Austrian guy wearing a sieve. I can marry people, appearances and so on
• Science is science. Religion is religion.
One is belief based on proof and evidence, the other is belief based on faith and hearsay. And while they both have strong influences on each other they do not mix.
Important as well to make clear my respect for religion as in general it’s not the religion that causes the problems but the people interoperating the religion.
• Critical thinking. How the book demonstrates how bad arguments can be used as “proof” and what takes 5 minutes to “prove” using a bad logic takes an hour to correct. Also if I can did it out hand out a leaflet on proving E=MC2 using noodles and meatballs (I recall doing this on the Hyper Spaghetti Monster Theory science thread – anyone have an archive so I don’t have to work it out again)
• HATE. Why do religions generate so much in people, you can’t worship the FSM and hate another for their beliefs. Show some FSM hate mail - shocking how people are so worried about invisible pasta and meatballs that they want people to suffer eternal pain and suffering.
• Flimsy Moral Standards and why they are important,
E.g. should the heretical Truffled Tagiatelli Beast prove its existence by descending on Trafalgar Square with white truffles and pasta on offer, sorry, the meatballs go out the window.
Your suggestions on meal or talk or any other advice appreciated.