On the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the Invisible Pink Unicorns, et al., part 2 of 4
This segment of True Freethinker's essay which considers natural theology, or general revelation, will consider The Flying Spaghetti Monster.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster That we are left to discuss the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Invisible Pink Unicorns is only indicative of the deleterious effect of the New Atheist movement whereby belittling and clever quips pass for reason and dealing with arguments as our opponents proposes them. The Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Invisible Pink Unicorns are meant to be on a footing with theism and particularly the Judeo-Christian God. In part 4 we will consider whether the Judeo-Christian God passes natural theology's / general revelation's test. Let us see if the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Invisible Pink Unicorns do so. In the first instance the shahadah may be stated as: "There is no god but the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and Bobby Henderson (pbuh) is his messenger." The Flying Spaghetti Monster's adherent are known as "pastafarians." The Flying Spaghetti Monster first revealed his presence in 2005 AD to Bobby Henderson who stated,
I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel_ He is of course invisible and can pass through normal matter with ease an artistic drawing of Him creating a mountain, trees, and a midget.
Firstly, we should point out that, as per New Atheist "reasoning," the primary point to make is that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a real alternative at all because it raises an even bigger problem than it solves namely: who spaghettied the spaghetti? We may likewise ask: who amassed the meatballs? Since we cannot answer these questions the Spaghettied One does not answer anything. The Flying Spaghetti Monster has a physical body and thus, is not immaterial nor spirit: it has extension in space is therefore limited by spatial dimensions and restricted by locality and thus, is not omnipresent. One adherent of the cult of the Flying Spaghetti Monster made specific reference to its "noodly appendage." This parody of "The Creation of Adam" is interesting in that it brings to mind the original. In the original God is depicted as a Kenny Rogers looking man (after the facelift); a concept which is certainly not in the least bit biblical. However, I have discerned much truth in the painting which I expressed in my essay The Creation of Adam. Since the Flying Spaghetti Monster is physical it is subject to the absorption and deflection of light particles and is therefore visible and particularly hued. Bobby Henderson did claim that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is "invisible and can pass through normal matter" and so either Bobby Henderson is a false prophet or the Flying Spaghetti Monster knows how to traverse dimensions. Since the Flying Spaghetti Monster's physical body consists of spaghetti and meatballs the constituents of the godhead are as follows: eggs, salt and pepper, flour, water, beef and or pork, basil, parsley, mushrooms, bread crumbs, oil, etc. Since these physical entities must have, by necessity, preexisted the Flying Spaghetti Monster it cannot be the uncaused first cause. Moreover, the constituents of spaghetti and meatballs must have been amassed by an Intelligent Chef who not only had access to various physical ingredients and knew how to put them together just right, fine tuned them, but utilized cookware and some form of energy with which to cook the ingredients. The Flying Spaghetti Monster is made of the very materials which it is alleged to have created. It could not have created itself since it would have to have been in order to have created itself. Since the Flying Spaghetti Monster is composed of various complex parts that were merged it had a beginning. Since it is physical it is not immaterial. Since it had a beginning it had a cause. Since it had a beginning it is not eternal. It experiences time and is not eternal. It is limited by space. This is true even if it can pass though matter since it has to "pass through" it in order to make its way to another location. Therefore, it is not omnipresent. Since it is composed of material objects it is not a contingent being. The Flying Spaghetti Monster does not pass the test of natural theology.
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