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German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:32 pm
by ccgr
Weekly “Noodle Worship” begins at 10 a.m. Fridays in a small building on Weida’s farmstead on the outskirts of town. It looks and feels somewhat like weekly worship services at mainstream Christian churches. There is an altar, time for prayers, scripture readings, hymns, and even a version of Holy Communion. But the similarities end pretty quickly.
http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-02-23/g ... ti-monster

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:26 am
by ChickenSoup
But the similarities end pretty quickly.
I wouldn't have guessed :P

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:37 am
by Sstavix
They may not believe in the Abrahamic God, but they do seem to believe in something. What exactly that is can be debatable. But they have worship services, they have rituals, they even have concepts of the afterlife... can they really be classified as "atheists" at this point?

Unless, of course, they're willing to admit that the whole thing is a joke... but then they would lose their attempt to be recognized as a legitimate church in Germany. That's really not much of a foundation to build a spiritual life on. :lol:

It may be an amusing idea, but seems more like some sort of fraternity prank rather than an attempt to find the Truth. Those who are seeking God and are more spiritually minded will quickly figure out that this isn't the place for what they seek.

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:47 am
by ccgr
I wonder if they do spaghetti dinners instead of traditional potlucks ;)

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:01 pm
by Deepfreeze32
I wonder if they do spaghetti dinners instead of traditional potlucks ;)
Maybe that's their version of the Eucharist? :P

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:15 pm
by ccgr
a raw spaghetti noodle!

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:28 pm
by ChickenSoup
These are my noodles, broken for you. *cracks long noodles in half and drops into boiling water*

This is my sauce, spilled for the redemption of sins. *pour*

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:12 pm
by Sstavix
Hey, now... as ludicrous as their religion sounds to us, it might be good to remember the "Golden Rule." In other words, if we don't want them to mock and ridicule Christianity, we really shouldn't be mocking and ridiculing their Flying Spaghetti Monster / Pastafarian beliefs. Sorry to rain on the parade, but "do unto others" came to mind while I was reading (and admittedly, chuckling) at some of the responses.

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:40 pm
by ccgr
I laughed too.
In Weida’s church, wine and bread are replaced by beer and, you guessed it, cooked strands of spaghetti. “Amen” is replaced by “Ramen," and at the end of the service there are exhortations of “Beer-alleluia.”
Now I'm hoping I don't accidentally say ramen in public prayer

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:29 pm
by Bruce_Campbell
They need to throw in some meatballs. And maybe replace the beer with some rum and cola. And make it later in the day. I mean, I would go for some free spaghetti and meatballs.

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:09 pm
by ccgr
You know how they have different branches/denominations of Christians?

I wonder if Pastafarians will divide into spaghetti sauce variants 1st Church of Ragu, Church of Prego, United Alfredo church and so on.

Christians bicker over submersion or sprinkle baptism, the same goes for them and their meatballs according to my twitter. ;)

WWFSMD?

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:19 pm
by Bruce_Campbell
This topic is seriously making me hungry for spaghetti. I've got the stuff for it, but I was going to use the ground beef for chili. But then I don't have a jalapeño for the chili either... decisions, decisions....

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:06 pm
by DaBossOfTheWorld
I wonder if they do spaghetti dinners instead of traditional potlucks ;)
Probably not.

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 2:22 pm
by Emwok
You guys supplied me with a funny topic for a Current Issue Response for my English class. Thanks for the topic and the laughs!

Re: German atheists seek recognition for 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 3:27 pm
by ccgr
happy to help!