A Year Long Journey Into Pasta & Leaving Atheism Behind

Over the past year, Atheist Analysis has had the pleasure of getting to know a fine young gentleman named Joey Kirkman.  His book Bedtime Bible Stories was a great inspiration for our organization as we looked for tools to provide those in the atheist movement resources to help combat religion.  Joey, who has in recent years identified as an anti-theist, and even skeptic, has taken on another label in hopes of trying on a new religion.  He has recently converted to and become a Pastafarian.  That is right you heard it here, Joey Lee Kirkman has given up being an anti theist and joined the ranks of Pastafarians everywhere. joey8

Many of you may wonder, what is a Pastafarian and what church do they belong to?  According to Joey, Pastafarians are associated with The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.  Many of you have probably heard the phrase “rAmen” or “praise his noodly appendage” before, but now they are associated with this new religion.  The website claims they have been officially around since 2005, but have existed for many years out of sight.  On first look, we see that they claim to be a legitimate religion and that they feel they deserve the same respect that Christianity does.  They have a sacred text, a “god”, and a belief system structured around what they feel was given to them from the prophet Bobby Henderson.  The one thing that struck me as odd is their only tenant that they require for everyone to follow.

“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.”

They then go on to provide a few general comments about their beliefs.

  1. 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
  2. We are fond of beer
  3. Every Friday is a Religious Holiday
  4. We do not take ourselves too seriously
  5. We embrace contradictions (though in that we are hardly unique)
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“We all know that any emotional bias — irrespective of truth or falsity — can be implanted by suggestion in the emotions of the young, hence the inherited traditions of an orthodox community are absolutely without evidential value…. If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. With such an honest and inflexible openness to evidence, they could not fail to receive any real truth which might be manifesting itself around them. The fact that religionists do not follow this honourable course, but cheat at their game by invoking juvenile quasi-hypnosis, is enough to destroy their pretensions in my eyes even if their absurdity were not manifest in every other direction.”

― H.P. Lovecraft, Against Religion: The Atheist Writings of H.P. Lovecraft 

 

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