Discovery of 'God Particle' Could Shake Your Faith

large hadron colliderThe physics nerds are geeking out over the latest news coming out of CERN, aka the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Scientists announced that one of the latest experiments in the Large Hadron Collider yielded some anomalies that could lead to the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson particle, or the "god particle."

If you just read that paragraph and have no idea what I'm talking about, it's cool. I probably didn't do a great job of explaining it, but here's what you need to know: This Higgs boson thingy-ma-jigg, aka the "god particle," is a big deal. If found, it could essentially prove itself to be the reason that everything exists.

God? Are you there?

Advertisement

The science world hates that the Higgs boson has been dubbed the "god particle" -- it gives the particle a bad rap. It sounds kind of scary, I think. Like if the Higgs boson exists, then God doesn't. But let's go with that for a second. News from CERN is that they're a few months, at most a year away from pinpointing the Higgs boson. If they do, then what happens to our faith?

If this particle is responsible for life, for matter, then what did God do? Does this particle mean that God didn't create the heavens and the Earth? And if so, would our world be a safer place without religion, knowing for certain that atoms touching atoms (not Adams touching Eves) created the world?

Sick of me asking all these questions?

I just don't know how else to write about it. It's not as if I have any answers -- I'm wondering with everyone else what the discovery of the "god particle" means for all of us. I do know that wars have raged for millennia over religious conflicts, and that maybe a world created by particles and not by God might be a safer one. Eventually, that is, not overnight.

To me, God and the Higgs boson aren't mutually exclusive. I really like learning about physics and enjoy reading about the excitement of the looming discovery, but it won't kill God for me. I'm not especially religious, but when I look at newborns, I don't see a collection of atoms, I see love. God is love, no?

Will the discovery of Higgs boson affect your faith?


Photo via Image_Editor/Flickr

Read More >