Intelligent Design is a form of origin theory that posits that the creation of the universe is so complex that it can only be done by an intelligent supreme being. It is presented as the modern and scientific adaptation of creationism. Proponents of intelligent design, particularly the Discovery Institute, argue that everything acts according to an intelligent plan instead of happening in a random manner- the evidences of which are scientific rather than just based on mere theological beliefs. According to intelligent design theorists, the universe is made up of complex interrelated parts that won’t work well without the others. Furthermore, they assert that life is possible not because of chance, but because of the particular universal constants assigned by the designer of life. Though the intelligent designer is unspecified, the intelligent design theory is closely identified with the Christian God.
The Discovery Institute developed intelligent design as an attempt to further Christian beliefs amidst court rulings that banned creationism theories in U.S. public schools. Promulgators assert that intelligent design is a based on scientific evidences despite its acceptance of supernatural beliefs and rationalizations. Intelligent design proponents sought to change the US school curricula, but were impeded by opposition and resistance from the scientific community.
In accordance to the Establishment Cause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the Kitzmiller Trial concluded that intelligent design not a science, but a mere form of creationism. Hence, it cannot be taught as an alternative to the evolution theory in American public schools. Another popular battle concerning the intelligent design in schools was the Kansas debates in 2005.
In an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education, Bobby Henderson- then a Physics graduate from the Ohio State University- claimed that the world was created by a pasta deity known as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He further claimed that his religion is likewise backed by scientific evidences and that it is valid enough to be taught alongside evolution and intelligent design in biology classes. This satirical letter eventually became the first manifestation of one of the most amusing and influential anti-intelligent design movements during the last decade.
What is Pastafarianism?
Pastafarianism is a satirical movement that opposes the teaching of intelligent design in American public schools. It drew worldwide attention because of its use of Christian parodies and seemingly absurd pasta puns. Pastafarianism is also known as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
After the open letter in his website, public clamors encouraged Bobby Henderson to fully develop the concepts of the flying spaghetti monster. He penned the book that would become the Holy Book of Pastafarians. In 2006, Villard Press published the Gospel of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Gospel of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster includes the main beliefs, practices and teachings of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster
The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the chief deity of Pastafarianism. He created the universe and every life and matter found within it. The flying spaghetti monster is invisible and capable of flying. He is known by many names, including His Noodliness, the Noodle in the Sky, His Noodly Appendage, and the Saucy master. It is known to members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster that saying or writing the spaghetti monster’s true name will eliminate everything within a 3.7614 mile radius.
Unlike other religious deities, the Flying Spaghetti Monster does not like to be worshipped grandiosely, nor does He want His followers to spend a lot of money on lavish temples, churches, and other worship places. In “I’d Really Rather You Didn’t,” a collection of eight commandments presented by the flying spaghetti monster to Mosey the Pirate, the spaghetti monster emphasized his wishes that His followers be considerate to people with different beliefs, and that they won’t spend billions of dollars on religious things instead of helping the poor and the sick.
The flying spaghetti monster is often depicted as a suspended heap of spaghetti and meatballs with a pair of eyes connected via stalks. The spaghetti monster’s body is divided into two main sections: the major pastaer and the minor pastaer.
The major pastaer comprises of the Flying and the spaghetti body. The Flying enables the spaghetti monster to fly by using a complex mathematical equation. The spaghetti body is the main part which people sometimes refer to as the Flying Spaghetti Monster Himself. It is composed by small sections referred to as the minor pastaer.
The minor pastaer consists of the Meatera, the Spaghettien, and the Saucon. The Meatera is the meatball shaped area and also the main source of the flying spaghetti monster’s power. Just around the Meatera is the Spaghettien or the noodly appendages that enable the spaghetti monster to grasp or touch anything. Finally, the Saucon is an invisible veil that envelops the flying spaghetti monster. Apart from keeping His appendages in place, the spaghetti monster also uses the Saucon to affect things at His will.
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster: Creation Myth
According to the Chuch of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the flying spaghetti monster created the universe while drinking heavily. His hang over caused the flaws in the earth today. The first men who walked the earth were called “midgits,” and they became too short because His Noodliness has pushed them too much to the ground.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster believes in the afterlife. According to the Gospel, the spaghetti monster created the Great Pasta Bowl and the Underground Freezer of Doom- which are roughly the Pastafarian equivalents of Heaven and Hell. People who worshipped the Flying Spaghetti Monster and lived his life according to His wishes will enjoy eternal life in the Beer Volcanoes and Stripper Factories in heaven.
Contrary to evolutionist theories, Pastafarians claim that the earth is only thousands of years old. The flying spaghetti monster apparently liked fooling scientists, so he planted false carbon atoms and other evidences to hide the world’s true age. The flying spaghetti monster also seems to have fun with tampering with the results of scientific researches and tests.
Pirates and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Followers of the Spaghetti Monster do not believe in the evolution theory. They maintain that the earth is too young to facilitate the evolutionary changes that transformed one biological group to another. Instead, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster deduced that the ancestors of the modern man weren’t the primates, but the original pirates in history. According to Pastafarianism, men share more of their DNA makeup with the pirates than the primates. It is only right to conclude that the pirates were our true ancestors.
Apart from being the ancestor of modern men, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster honor pirates as the first Pastafarians in History. They believe that these pirates were originally sacred beings who worshipped the spaghetti monster and gave candies to little children. It is a standard among Pastafarians to dress and act like pirates especially during holidays and special rituals. In the open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education, Bobby Henderson illustrated a chart that proves the significance of the existence of pirates. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster correlates global warming and the rising cases of natural disasters to the falling number of pirates today. They have even interpreted that the low carbon emission in Somalia is a direct cause of the large number of pirates in the country.