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"God Particle" Found? "Historic Milestone" From Higgs Boson Hunters

Ker Than

The discovery of the Higgs boson particle (or at least a particle which bears great resemblance to it) reflects the ways in which we continue to better understand the universe of which we are a part. While this discovery is a “historic milestone,” it is fair to question the name “God particle” given to it. In some sense, the name could suggest a presumptuous capability of science to discover with certainty or perhaps even without limitation—a stance the Christian tradition and many scientists reject through an appreciation for the mystery and vastness about the physical world. The name may also suggest that the act of creation is merely about a move from energy to substance and that the solitary role of God is to give things mass. The discovery of particles like the Higgs boson, however, can readily be seen as part of the creation story, a story about the function creation plays as an expression of God’s love. In the ongoing relationship between God and his good creation, this discovery at the very least gives us reason to worship its original creator.

Source: National Geographic

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