The "God" Particle

Jenni - posted on 07/26/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )




The 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?

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?


Krista - posted on 07/26/2011




I don't think this will change anything. The religious will simply claim that their god created the particle along with everything else.

Johnny - posted on 07/26/2011




Most believers in God will simply do as Krista mentioned. Just like people have been able to accept that evolution doesn't disprove the existence of a deity nor does any current science. It does not offer proof of the existence of a deity in any way, but it does not prove one definitely does not exist. In reality, science is rather neutral on this issue. I know a lot of physicists, I am married to one, and proving/disproving the existence of deities really isn't on their radar.

However, I am sure there will be some of the usual religious extremists who continue to take their holy book's version of things as the literal truth that will deny the Higgs Bosun just as they have denied evolution, the roundness of the earth, and that we revolve around the sun not vice versa. For stupid people, it's easier.

Tara - posted on 07/26/2011




I agree with Krista, already I have discussed the idea that one day science may "prove" that it was nature that created all and not god, and my close religious friend at the time said simply "if anything is ever found that proves the universe was created by some kind of natural occurrence than I would argue it was because God also created that incident or what have you..."
But I have hope that one day people will be teaching history and religion in all it's organized forms will be discussed as something of historical significance and nothing else. It will be examined for all it's merits and pitfalls and how it has shaped humanity but will ultimately be shed from the human condition as unnecessary and detrimental to our further evolution as a species.

Jenny - posted on 07/26/2011




"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"

Yes it would be. A world where we are accountable to each other and ourselves not a fictional deity. It would be nice to have true morality and not bribery of a good afterlife guiding us.

This particle is really interesting, did anyone else catch the pyhsicist on Colbert last night talking about it?


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Mrs. - posted on 07/26/2011




Yeah, I caught the dude on Colbert talking about this too. Very interesting, but I'm not sure I understood much of what he was saying.

Pretty sure the religious folks will not have any scientific proof shake their faith, it never has.

Anyone else find the doc on Colbert a bit attractive? Looked pretty tall and no one would ever say your bf was dumb.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/26/2011




Yup, same thought as Krista, because that particle had to come from somewhere right?

Amie - posted on 07/26/2011




There is a difference between religion and faith. I have faith, I am not religious.

Religion is evil, imo, because of the faults of man. If more people had faith without religion it would be just as peaceful.

Religion is used as a tool to brainwash (again, IMO) people into obedience.

A person's faith should not be taught to them to be a certain way, it just should be. My faith comes from within, it has nothing to do with the teachings in a book. A book (any religious book) that was created by man with faults and biases.

So no, finding the "god particle" would not shake my faith or change it.

Jenni - posted on 07/26/2011




Yeah, that's what I thought too. It would be the same as the Theory of Evolution or carbon-dating. God influenced it or created it.

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