Friday, November 25, 2005

23 Marheshwan 5766/25 November 2005: This post courtesy of the Purple Oyster of Doom


Today’s weird thing (because my random weird thing chooser isn’t giving me good choices, and because I feel like it) is the Invisible Pink Unicorn, one of the two major parodies of theism I am aware of, the other being Flying Spaghetti Monsterism (AKA Pastafarianism), which was mentioned yesterday. Unlike Pastafarianism, the Faith of the Invisible Pink Unicorn has the logical difficulty that the Invisible Pink Unicorn is both invisible and pink. This highlights the bizarre idea that some people have that God can violate logic and mathematics. The Invisible Pink Unicorn as a parody suffers from a major weakness of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, namely that she is made of matter. If any atheists are reading this, please rethink your parodies of theism and come up with something that properly makes fun of transcendent theism (i.e., the notion that God is not part of our universe), panentheism (the notion that God permeates our universe, perhaps akin to a deified version of the defunct concept of the universal ether), or pantheism (the notion that God is everything that exists or at least the “soul of the world”). Parody of the notion that the self is identical to God (a perplexing notion that some people hold by) would also be welcome, e.g., “Have you gotten in touch with your own Invisible Pink Unicornness?” In the meantime, enjoy the silliness about pizza and the Purple Oyster of Doom, and Shabbath shalom.

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