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?

13 thoughts on “The God Particle

  1. In my opinion, science is just Man’s attempt at understanding God’s power. Just because we discover something “new”, and understand a little better how it works, doesn’t mean God didn’t create it.

    I doubt anyone will ever disprove God’s existence. We don’t even know everything about our own bodies’, brains, the planet we live on, and the solar systems it dwells in. How can we even attempt to say God doesn’t exist?

    Everything we have now has always been here either as a whole or as separate elements, just that in the past we lacked the knowledge to put them together the way we do now.

    I think the only way you can fully disprove something, is if you know everything, and I doubt we’re anywhere close to knowing everything about the universe. Every time we think we know something concerning Science we eventually find out we are wrong because we are limited by our minds and our ability to use the resources around us.

    We won’t be able to disprove God until we know absolutely everything about everything, and if there isn’t a God, with our arrogance, we’ll kill ourselves off as a species before we ever “prove it” anyway, lol.

  2. I can’t imagine it ever being possible to disprove the existence of God, because science cannot tell us what was there before the universe, and so it’s not unreasonable to suppose that God was there. And to suppose also that various whiskery human accounts of what God did/does need updating!

  3. Religion fascinates me because there are so many out there who believe in something that cannot be proven. It would also be nearly impossible to disprove religion though. There are so many different beliefs out there.

    What happens after we die? How do you find definitive proof of that?

    There are parts of religion that have been chiseled away at, such as evolution, but I think it is important to note that even as scientists dig up more fossils to prove that evolution (not creation) happened, religious thought EVOLVES to incorporate answers to each new species discovered.

    As far as people no longer having god, I don’t think they have to worry. Distress strengthens religious beliefs. You might create a wave of zealots by disproving God, but God would still exist for those who needed one. May not be the the Christian/Muslim/Jewish/(or other) god many know now, but there would be one.

    As long as questions go unanswered and people fear the uncontrollable outcomes of living, there will always be a god out there for people who need one.

    IMHO :D

    I’m way more worried about who will get custody of Suri!

    • I didn’t really think about religion evolving to meet whatever science finds out, like evolution. And that is definitely true. Religion/spirituality runs strong in the human race. We need something to believe in.

  4. The last paragraph — where you raised a possible scenario of a world w/o god — reminded of Tom Robbins’ ‘Another Roadside Attraction.’ :-)

  5. The term “God Particle” came from the book “The God Particle / If the Universe is the Answer, What is the Question?,” by Leon Lederman & Dick Teresi (first published in 1993 and reissued in 2006), which is in the bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism.

    In his 2006 Preface Dr. Lederman, a Nobel laureate in physics, wrote:
    Now as for the title, The God Particle, my coauthor, Dick Teresi, has agreed to accept the blame. I mentioned the phrase as a joke once in a speech, and he remembered it and used it as the working title of the book. “Don’t worry,” he said, “no publisher ever uses the working title on the final book.” The title ended up offending two groups: 1) those who believe in God and 2) those who do not. We were warmly received by those in the middle.

    • I think that with each new scientific discovery, people fall farther and farther from God. They may not necessarily stop believing in a deity entirely, though.

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