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  • Wow. We actually did it. Thanks to all of you watching, and liking, and sharing,

  • we've finally hit one million subscribers! There are just so many people we need to thank: our loyal viewers,

  • our sister shows, and the entire TestTube and Discovery team.

  • Now, over the past few years we've spent a lot of time looking at religious figures

  • but we've been saving one of the most influential for last: His Noodly Appendage, The Flying Spaghetti Monster

  • Because we've PASTA million subs, we wanted to know:

  • just how powerful is the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

  • Well, first off it may help to explain that the "Flying Spaghetti Monster"

  • is the central deity in Pastafarianism, which is actually a protest or parody religion.

  • Religious satirehas been around almost as long as organized religion, stretching back to Ancient Greek plays in 400 B.C. .

  • Today, organizations like the Temple of the Invisible Pink Unicorn,

  • Last Thursdayism, or Jedi-ism are created to point out flaws in belief-based logic, usually related to Christianity.

  • For example, Last Thursdayism believes that the universe was created last Thursday,

  • parodying the biblical interpretation that the universe is less than 10,000 years old.

  • One of the most famous religious satires is Russell's Teapot. This was a thought experiment by philosopher Bertrand Russell

  • He proposed that a small teapot was in orbit around the sun, and he challenged anyone to prove him wrong.

  • Since it would be basically impossible to locate such a teapot,

  • it's basically impossible to disprove its existence,

  • which parodies a central argument for the existence of a God.

  • Similarly, the Flying Spaghetti Monster was invented in 2005 by Bobby Henderson

  • after the Kansas State Board of Education enacted controversial education science standards

  • including creationism, or intelligent design. Henderson argued that

  • there was just as much evidence for his belief in a flying, omnipotent heap of spaghetti and meatballs

  • as there was for creationism, demanding that pastafarianism was taught as well.

  • There are a few important central tenets to Pastafarianism. Pirates are the most divine beings,

  • and likely go to Pastafarian heaven, which is full of beer volcanoes and stripper factories.

  • Additionally, the slow drop in the number of pirates worldwide is directly attributed to

  • the rise in global average temperature, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.

  • As such, full pirate regalia must be worn at all times.

  • The religion claims to have ten million followers, roughly two thirds the size of Judaism,

  • and roughly two hundred and twenty times smaller than Christianity.

  • But as a matter of fact , Pastafarianism is officially recognized in a number of countries,

  • including Poland, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

  • And although it's not officially recognized in the United States, in 2015, a woman in Massachusetts was even allowed to wear

  • a pasta colander on her head for a driver's license photo, claiming it was religious headgear.

  • Above all else, the Flying Spaghetti Monster really represents the growing face of atheism and the religiously unaffiliated.

  • Today, those without a religious preference make up the

  • third largest religious group, after Christianity and Islam, with more than a billion non-adherents worldwide.

  • From 2007 to 2014, atheists and agnostics in the United States rose from about 36 million to more than 55 million.

  • Meanwhile, the conversation about the place of religion in a secular world

  • has only gotten larger and more heated. So just how powerful is the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

  • Ahh, Spaghettabout it.

  • Anyway, thanks for being one in a million TestTubers, we literally couldn't have done it without you.

  • And let's keep this going, let's hit our next goal: a billion subscribers. Right?

  • If you want to learn more about the changing face of religion worldwide, and what the next

  • few decades will look like,find out more in this video.

  • But the five big ones are Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, plus the unaffliliated

  • Today, Christians and Muslims make up roughly half of the world's population, with 31% and 23% resepctively

  • Thanks for watching, and make sure to look out for a big announcement from us in the coming days.

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How Powerful Is The Flying Spaghetti Monster?

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