The Higgs-Faith Collision

buzzard[1]Today two renowned physicists received the Nobel Prize for Physics. These two men independently worked on the Higgs Theory in the 1960’s and it wasn’t until today that they finally were rewarded for their outstanding work in their field.

They theorized and explained how matter formed after the Big Bang. This theory exhibited the fundamental building blocks of the universe clumped together, gained mass and formed what we now see around us. This presumptive theory was centered on the existence of a subatomic particle that was termed as the Higgs boson – or better known as the “God Particle.”

The scientists at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) used the 17-mile particle collider located in a tunnel under the French-Swiss border, and finally discovered the Higgs boson particle. It was a breakthrough and a milestone in the scientific world.

The theoretical aspect was the existence of an invisible field that sprawls in space, a sort of net. These building blocks of matter, they theorized, acquired mass when this netted field captured them. As the universe cooled, the atoms formed and eventually formed what we now know as the planets and stars.

Since all fields are associated with particles, the suggestion was to search for the Higgs boson. Last year was the confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson particle. One collision per trillion produces a Higgs boson in the massive atom collider, however it took months following the discovery of the Higgs-like boson particle to verify and conclude that the particle was indeed very much like the one that was expected in the original formulation of the theory.

Now the question arises. Will this discovery conflict with the kerygma of biblical writings and will the faithful understand that science has provided a powerful alternative answer to the creation of our planet? Faith is an extremely strong emotion. Often facts will be denied in the face of dogma and so there will always be conflict between the two until one of two things happen. Either the visitors of other planets finally land and reveal to us the true reason for our existence or a spiritual event will occur proving the non-existence or existence of the deity that many believe in. It will upset the status quo for all since it will provide facts for a new revelation.

Perhaps when and if either occurrence happens, it may finally bring peace to this world of chaos. It will be a new beginning that this world has never experienced since man began walking on this earth. It might bring a new passion of learning and innovation to better the lives of all, and perhaps, it will finally solve the problems concerning poverty, greed, and tyrannical leaders, that we continually face and see around the world.


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