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The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

a book review

product linkThe Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
author Bobby Henderson
date reviewed2009.07.26
genreScience
isbn0812976568

I bought this book thinking it would be a fully-fleshed-out pseudo-religious tome. Instead it turned out to be the kind of arch thing that American atheists put out that sound as lecturing and dull as some religious apologists. I couldn't wade through it and left my copy at the curb for someone to pick up.

I think maybe the problem is that this dates to a time when fundamentalist Christians were causing waves with their laws about allowing for the teaching of religion based explanations for the world alongside established scientific theory. That itself is dated but it also set the stage for this book to be very heavy on fighting that narrow fight. Instead, this could have succeeded as an extension of the parody that is pastafarianism.

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