Hunt for “God Particle” Will Collide with Faith

If you are not familiar with the intensive scientific search for the Higgs boson particle, otherwise known as the “God particle,” it would be wise to keep it on your radar.

Just this week, scientists with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva, Switzerland, announced that while the subatomic particle remains elusive, they have found “hints” of its existence.

Thus, it may soon cease to be theoretical but identifiable physical matter. The researchers hope this news will keep their financial supporters, consisting of many European nations, major corporations and universities enthusiastic about funding their multi-billion dollar experiments.

This infinitesimally small piece of physical matter will likely become a big matter indeed and could impact the lives of Christians globally. For many in the scientific community, the Higgs boson particle is the Holy Grail that will allow modern science to finally and forever trump ancient religious beliefs.

The subatomic speck is theorized to be the basic material on which the entire physical world is built. It is considered the invisible glue of the universe and one of the most mysterious missing components to the assumptions and equations about how the world really works.

British physicist Stephen Hawking, an avowed atheist, was once asked what he thought was the biggest unsolved problem in physics today: “The theory of everything…We feel we are near, but we never get there. It always seems just over the rainbow’s edge.”1

CERN operates the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator, located under the Swiss-French border. The LHC consists of a 17-mile tunnel through which high-energy beams of protons are sent crashing into each other at incredible speeds. An estimated 3,000 scientists around the world collaborate in the work.

This week’s announcement was only a prelude to what I expect will be a late 2012 press conference declaring that the end of the rainbow has in fact been discovered and the “theory of everything” can now be neatly understood via a new field of metaphysical mysticism.

The paradox of it all is that the “God particle” will likely be used in an attempt to undermine the very existence of God—even though any discovery will fail to explain how the Higgs boson particle originated in the first place.

CERN is subsidized by the tax dollars from the many European nations that are already teetering on financial ruin. This type of government-subsidized research is just another example of how taxes are being utilized to exalt the wisdom of man and discredit the existence of God. But we have nothing to fear. Our God created every particle in the universe, and I am confident His fingerprints will ultimately be found on each and every one.

My perspective on Hawking’s stated desire for a “theory of everything” aligns with that of the late astronomer, Fred Hoyle. He said, “I have always thought it curious that, while most scientists claim to eschew religion, it actually dominates their thoughts more than it does the clergy.”2

Hoyle noted that beneath the experiments, equations and scientific methodology is a near-religious desire to challenge God’s claim as both the Creator and Sustainer of all matter and all life.

I’m just a simple man, and certainly not as learned as these esteemed scientists, but I believe the “theory of everything” is not hidden or elusive. God has made His claim as Creator of the universe plainly known. The apostle Paul discovered the true God particle some 2,000 years ago:

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”3

The invisible God not only made the Higgs boson particle, He made all other matter!

Although they will never stop trying, the world’s elite scientists will fail to displace the supremacy of Jesus Christ as the glue to the universe, regardless of what they discover in their underground Tower of Babel.

“And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”4

“Emmanuel—God with us” is the only discovery that will once and for all explain everything to believers and skeptics alike.

–Chuck Bentley–

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1 Stephen Hawking, interview by Kathy A. Svitil, “Hawkings Vision: The All-in-One Theory,” Discover, March 1999, p. 18.

2 Paul Davies, quoting Fred Hoyle, The Mind of God: the Scientific Basis for a Rational World (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993) p. 22.

3 Colossians 1:15–17 (NIV 1984)

4 Ibid 1:18-20

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14 Responses to Hunt for “God Particle” Will Collide with Faith

  1. cw says:

    Even with a discovery such as this, scientists cannot explain how something was created from nothing. Even if you accept the big bang and the theory of inflation they still do not explain the uncreated first cause. Here’s an idea; just read the first words of the Bible; “In the beginning God”. Gen. 1:1

  2. Dave Dykstra says:

    Chuck,

    I am a U.S. computer scientist that works on software for the LHC. I am not a physicist but because of my job I read a lot of the material related to particle physics. First of all, you need to know that the Higgs boson is not the last piece of the the “Theory of Everything”. The Higgs boson is the last remaining piece of the “Standard Model” which in every other way has been very well validated by experimentation. The so-called Theory of Everything is beyond the Standard Model, uniting the force of gravity with the other forces that are already described by the Standard Model. I haven’t read anything saying that physicists are close to the Theory of Everything; mostly the things I read say that it won’t be possible without getting to scales much smaller than the LHC will ever be able to do.

    Even if the “Theory of Everything” is eventually figured out, physicists know well that it wouldn’t explain why things are the way they are, only what they are and how things behave. The deeper we probe, the more mysteries we find and the more we marvel at what God has made. Yes many physicists do the search because of their own atheistic motivations, and it comes out in their press coverage, but there are many more that do the research because they want to know more about how God has made this wonderful universe! Please don’t make it seem like the entire enterprise is a waste of money and corrupted by atheism, because that’s not the truth.

  3. jason says:

    Chuck-

    I believe ardently in Crown’s mission, but am concerned that your article misses the nuances of the situation. When you state:

    ….”Although they will never stop trying, the world’s elite scientists will fail to displace the supremacy of Jesus Christ as the glue to the universe, regardless of what they discover in their underground Tower of Babel”…..

    I start to lose you. Is that really their goal? And maybe if it is a goal of some of them, there’s an equal number of Christians that think that most science is garbage. And that doesn’t help either.

    Also, when you said:

    ….”Hoyle noted that beneath the experiments, equations and scientific methodology is a near-religious desire to challenge God’s claim as both the Creator and Sustainer of all matter and all life.”…..

    I think, maybe there’s a near-scientific desire on the part of Christians to take the Bible and disprove science.

    I LOVE the mystery of my Christian faith. I LOVE the excitement of scientific discovery.

    It’s not a zero-sum equation.

    • Chuck Bentley says:

      Jason, I too am thrilled when I see the collaboration of scientific discovery and the Christian faith. I share the perspective of my Jewish guide in Israel (also and archaeologist). He said, “If your archaeology does not agree with the facts of the Bible, check your archeology. The Bible is the plumb line for all knowledge.” More Than Meets The Eye by Dr. Richard Swenson (both a physicist and physician) is one of my favorite books of 2011. He uses his scientific training to exalt the mind blowing grandeur of God from the smallest particle to the far edges of the universe.

  4. Gary says:

    With all due respect, I disagree that the Higgs boson will “allow modern science to finally and forever trump ancient religious beliefs”. Far from it. In fact, when understood properly, these discoveries will only strengthen the Christian faith, not erode it. If I might humbly offer a different Christian perspective on this issue, please allow me to reference an informative podcast done just a few days ago on this topic by the ministry of Reasons to Believe. It’s the episode entitled “Narrowing in on the God Particle” at this link:
    http://www.reasons.org/resources/radio-broadcasts-and-podcasts/snf
    Thanks, and Merry Christmas.

    Gary
    Lubbock, TX

  5. Linda Fletcher says:

    I just finished some research on the history of science leading up to the Darwinian Revolution. Historically, most scientists always assumed that the empirical study of matter served only to bring glory to the Creator of it all, and that their discoveries of ‘how’ things worked was merely secondary to the higher, first cause of ‘the why’ behind it, which is based in the Providence of God. In the 17th and 18th centuries, scientists readily acknowledged that ‘the why’ is God’s infinite wisdom in ordering everything that is, and that He is currently actively involved in His pursuit to work all things for the good of His causes. In other words, that He did actually have a plan, and he is working in the midst of man’s free will (opportunity for sin to sabotage what is good), to bring that plan to completion. It was the ‘good news’ of what Christianity is all about, readily accepted as truth.

    Prior to Darwin’s idea of throwing God out of the picture of what it means to be human, a book called the “Vestiges of Nature” was published by Robert Chambers however which primed the pump of a growingly educated society for grabbing on to the French mentality of ‘out-with-the-church!’ (woven into their grassroots movement that brought about the bloody ten-year French Revolution). Enter: secular humanism, exit religion and providential order. It took about a century for this transition to really take root and implant itself mid-20th century. But the story continues . . .

    A Harvard Graduate student named Gillispie, published his thesis on ‘Genisis and Geology’ way back in 1951 (!) and quotes Sedgwick (a 19th century proponent for God in science) as to what would inevitable ensue . . . .should “the philosophies of the Vestiges be accepted by tghe multitudes as true, what then will follw? The reader can judge for himself: I can see nothing but ruin and confusion in such a creed . . . If current in society it will undermine the whole moral and social fabric and inevitably will bring discord and deadly mischief in its train.” (like WOW!, is that not hitting the nail-on-the-head to what we’re experiencing world-wide today?!) Darwin’s book is shortly thereafter published, originally refuted, but then gradually embraced and set up as the abomination of desolation, sort to say.
    But do not dispair! Remember who wins in the end! The battle is raging and our side has launched a new weapon: the growingly popular academic fields of genetics and linguistics are beginning to blow atheistic assumptions out the window. When you look at what distinguishes humans from other ‘animals’, it’s their ability to think, reason and communicate, (the fabric of linguistics), and when you start investigating the origins of language in homo sapiens, it’s quite delightful to see so much of modern scientific evidence pointing back to a single human origin around the feasible time period of Adam and Eve being cast out of Eden. H-m-m-m. So what now?
    Let us not be silent and allow a repeat of the 18th and 19th century to extinguish the lamp of Truth, but rather let us who can see find our voice and attempt to articulate the reality so as those who chose not to believe will be left with no excuse as their knees bow before their Creator one glorious day. We can’t give up the ship but must remain faithful witnesses to the end.

  6. Linda Fletcher says:

    So in conclusion, this Higgs boson particle is a concerted effort by atheists to somehow incorporate the metaphysical aspect of science, which for the past 150 years had been effectively ‘disposed of.’ But now however, scientist are finding that the ‘higher cause’ can no longer be denied and are herein attempting to attribute it to this God particle! Oh foolish man, so slow to believe what the prophets have told you . . .

  7. xenia says:

    Love it! Such a peace is felt remembering that Jesus is the reconciliation factor…
    “For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself ALL things,…” even the scientists and all their efforts. He will make all things right one day. thanks for your thots on this.

  8. John Sczurek says:

    As the article above states–nothing to fear here. The search for the God Particle or verification for the Grand Unified Theory is merely a search for confirmation of current models of particle physics. The discovery of the God Particle will not disprove the creation event. As a matter of fact, it will only further confirm the creation event as particle physics has been doing from the beginning. Many Christian scientists are very excited about the inevitable discovery of the Higgs boson particle and how it will further reveal the hand of the Creator. Psa 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

    See http://www.reasons.org for Christian perspective on the God Particle.

  9. Awesome Article! This article remembered me what once my physics professor said to us in class: “Men would never learn how travel through time because we are made of mass, the only thing that doesn’t have mass is the “light”. I started to praise the lord in that class, because I remembered that biblical verse that said: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12 ). The only thing that I now how is massless, that can be in all places and in all times is the our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These “particles” travel close to the speed of light, but they will never reach that point because they have mass. God is spirit, omnipotent and massless. He cant be limited to some ridicules tubes created by men.

  10. Jim in NJ says:

    I see religion and science as two sides of the same coin. Both address the “whys” of the universe, but through different means. Religion is based upon faith in the unseen. Science is based upon confirmation of the observed. Having a scientific background, I wish there were more interaction between the two communities supporting one another rather than what too often is an adversarial position taken by both. I long for the days when major scientific discoveries were made by clergy; Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics, comes to mind.

    Keep in mind that scientists create models based upon observations that will help predict future observations. While they often use terms that state that something exists, they would be more accurate to use terminology that these things are elements of a model that describes current observations and predicts future ones as well.

    When future observations break the model, they will enhance the model or create a new one. Newton’s model of the universe worked quite nicely, until Einstein came along and declared a new previously unimagined universe. Einstein’s model has worked quite will, until recently when CERN found particles that seem to break his model by traveling faster than the speed of light. But these preliminary results are still under review.

    In this aspect, I see science as being more flexible than religion. Poor Galileo was sentenced to house arrest for the heretical ideas that the earth moved around the sun. The church’s argument was the Bible clearly states in 1 Chronicles 16:30 that “the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved,” and in Psalm 104:5 that “the Lord set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.” Galileo’s name was finally cleared by the Vatican in 1992, almost 350 years after his death.
    I don’t expect the confirmation of Higgs boson be the end. Much like revealing the atom only led to the proton, neutron and electron, and the proton led to the quark, I suspect that Higgs boson will just be one more layer of the onion peeled away revealing another mystery beneath.

    But why spend all of this money trying to confirm the existence of a particle that no one can possibly see just to help confirm a model that has no impact upon our daily lives? Ignoring all philosophical arguments, isn’t it just folly? The same could be said of Voltaire battery wires to frogs’ legs; or Franklin flying a kite in thunderstorm. These early experiments were folly at best, and even dangerous especially Franklin’s kite. However, even in Franklin’s time, his experiments led to the lightning rod making large buildings safer, and how many of us would be willing to live without the conveniences of electricity? What might future generations take for granted due to the confirmation or denial of Higgs boson?

    This doesn’t mean that all science and technology is benign. Science and technology is neutral. Fire can be used to create and destroy.

    And this brings me full circle. Science should use religion as a moral compass; but religion should also use science as the most accurate map of the observable universe.

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  12. Wyman Bess says:

    An exercise in futillity. Just go to Scripture and you can find the Alpha & the Omega. It’s interesting thought that while many coountries are going broke they are spending money on something like this. Who’s in Charge?

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