Flying macaroni monster, Pastafarianism, Church of the Unsage, Jehovah 1, Discordianism, invisible pink unicorn - parody religions.
Or the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The religion was founded by a certain Bobby Henderson in 2005 to protest the decision of the Kansas Department of Education to introduce the concept of "intelligent design" into the school curriculum as an alternative to the theory of evolution. Religion has an official status and has the same rights as all other religions.
Henderson preaches the doctrine of a supernatural Creator that looks like macaroni and meatballs - the Flying Macaroni Monster. Bobby proposes to introduce his teachings into the educational process along with teachings about other religions.
Church of the Unsage
This religion also came from the USA. Its founder is the American writer, filmmaker and TV presenter Ewan Stang, who founded the church in the 1970s.
Stan's religion is based on a belief system centered around the figure of one JR "Bobb" Dobbs, who was allegedly a salesman in the 1950s. It is he who is revered by the followers of religion as a prophet. Detailed stories about Dobbs and his connections with various gods constitute a kind of "scripture" religion. The central deity is considered to be a god named Jehovah 1. He is surrounded by a retinue of gods taken from ancient mythology and popular fiction.
The "Scriptures" of the church tell of the so-called Great Conspiracy, which seeks to brainwash humanity and bully the followers of religion. Leaders of the organization urge followers to avoid the world’s corrupt and mercenary spirit and belief in absolute truths.
It differs from the usual religions, first of all, in that it preaches not harmony, but chaos. The main deity of the Discordianists is Eris, the ancient Greek goddess of discord. It was she who threw the apple of discord at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis to the goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite.
The Principia Discordia (literal translation from Spanish - "Measure of Discord") is considered the book of religion, which was written by Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst (Kerry Thornley) and Malaxips the Younger (Gregory Hill) in 1958 or 1959. Religion gained worldwide popularity, however, largely thanks to the American writer Robert Antiion Wilson, who illuminated it in his novel Illuminatus!
The teaching itself is a kind of fusion of Zen Buddhism, existentialism, relativism, phenomenology and general semantics. One of the main theses of religion: "a strict belief that any strict belief is wrong." And one of the most important myths of the teachings is the curse of Gruad the Grayface. It explains why people lose creativity and try to build order. The fact is that a certain Gray-faced is a creature that does not have a sense of humor at all and is busy with persuading people to think that order and seriousness should be the basis of being. Thus, the myth explains how destructive chaos arose, which appears only where they try to impose order. Essentially, religion exposes and reveals the roots of social neuroses.
Invisible pink unicorn
This is one of the deities of parody religions, the image of which is actively used by atheists and religious skeptics, as well as the famous Russell's teapot. Recall that in 1952 the American mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell formulated his opinion on the existence of God in the following words: “Many believers behave as if it was not dogmatists who should prove generally accepted postulates, but, on the contrary, skeptics are obliged to refute them. This is definitely not the case.If I began to assert that a porcelain teapot rotates between Earth and Mars around the Sun in an elliptical orbit, no one would be able to refute my assertion, if I had prudently added that the teapot is too small to be detected even with the most powerful telescopes. But if I further stated that since my statement cannot be refuted, a reasonable person has no right to doubt its truth, then they would justly point out to me that I was talking nonsense. However, if the existence of such a teapot was asserted in ancient books, its authenticity was repeated every Sunday and this thought was hammered into the heads of schoolchildren from childhood, then disbelief in its existence would seem strange, and the doubting one would be worthy of the attention of psychiatrists in the enlightened era, and earlier - attention inquisition ".
The deity aimed at ridiculing theism is a pink unicorn and is invisible. This is the main paradox. Try to prove that the invisible pink unicorn doesn't exist! Well, or that it exists.
As you can see, despite their half-joking and quite mocking slogans, all these teachings (we have told only about a few - in fact, there are many more of them), perhaps, can be called the most reasonable and honest religions that have ever existed. Not to mention the fact that they really declare freedom and happiness for every person - unlike all other religious teachings. And the ironic paradoxes that they expose are very similar to the paradox shown in Mark Zakharov's film “The Same Munchausen”, when Baron Munchausen, who lies all the time, turns out to be the most honest person in the world.