The God Particle

I read on the news recently that scientists have made a great discovery (possibly the greatest discovery of the 21st century) regarding the actual existence of the Higgs boson (AKA the “God particle,” something even smaller than an atom). Interestingly enough, it’s been downplayed on the news, in favor of far more important tidbits about the breakup of TomKat and what’s going on with Federer and Murray in tennis land. It’s a little sad that the entire world isn’t in a euphoric state about the discovery of the Higgs boson, but that may be because we think it’s too complicated for anyone other than brilliant scientists.

There is something called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is basically a project in the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) that creates millions of tiny Big Bangs every second in order to create traces of Higgs bosons, which are moving at a ridiculously rapid pace, so fast that it’s difficult to fathom. All these particles colliding has created waves in the properties of a vacuum. The Higgs boson is real, and it is responsible for creating mass in the universe. The door to an entirely new realm of physics has now been opened.

Of course, this has serious implications for God, the universe, and religion. But that all remains to be seen. Even so, it makes me wonder if, sometime in the future, the existence of God will be disproved once and for all. And if that happens, what will become of the many religions all over the planet? My guess is that some people (perhaps even a majority) will simply deny science and will stick to their beliefs in an unseen deity. My other thought is that without God, some parts of the world will fall into chaos. After all, there are many who fully rely on God. These thoughts may be totally farfetched and overly dramatic, but with a discovery this big, and (more than likely) many more big discoveries to come, God will be a major player in debates all over the world. And it brought to mind this quote from Friedrich Nietzsche:

God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves?


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