What Is The God Particle?

You may have heard all the ballyhoo about the so-called “God Particle.”

Please don’t get me wrong. The prediction of it’s existence by English physicist Peter Higgs back in 1964 and it’s existence verified nearly half a century later by a galactic team of 3,000 researchers at CERN, Geneva in July 2012 were masterpieces of human achievement. [1] It’s also a testament to what can be achieved through perseverance, patience, and belief.

The ballyhoo begins when the discussion somehow spills over into the realm of spirituality. Suddenly we hear a few scientists trying to argue that the discovery of the God Particle has implications concerning the existence of God. They contend it’s existence undermines God’s existence.

Here’s my objection.

Firstly, the God Particle has nothing to do with God. It’s proper name is the “Higgs boson.” It was coined the God Particle many years ago by a lone scientist writing a book about it. The term was appropriate, in his opinion, because the particle was so central to science, yet as elusive as God. [2]

But many scientists disliked the religious parody. They might abhor it even more now that the particle’s existence is proven. It implies perseverance, patience, and belief might lead to God’s elusive existence being proven, too!

The existence of the Higgs boson was the last particle to be verified in the Standard Model of particle physics. It is a major milestone and a source of relief, too. If it was not detected, decades of work and the entire Standard Model might have collapsed.

Importantly, the Higgs boson is also a force field that permeates the whole of space. It’s presence is the source of mass in our universe. Without it, the particles that make up you, me, and all the other objects in our universe could not stick together. The universe would be a formless sea of particles.

So yes, the Higgs boson is an essential particle. But does it replace God? Surely not.

Pseudo-controversiesUnfortunately, many spiritual writers are sucked into this pseudo-controversy. I call it pseudo because even intellectually honest scientists such as US physicist Leonard Mlodinow agree that science (the Higgs boson or anything else) can never prove or disprove God’s existence. 

Nevertheless, whenever a claim against God’s existence is exerted, spiritual thinkers emerge to defend and debunk. This is usually in the form of the centuries-old creation-creator/cause-effect/chicken-egg argument: who created the Higgs boson? They challenge. Skeptics retaliate: Who created God?

Apologists for God’s existence adhere tenaciously to this creation-creator concept because they feel there is no other viable ‘proof’ of God. Most have abandoned ancient texts of spirituality as a source of such proof ever since Darwin. They feel the ancient passages cannot be defended because they seem to conflict with scientific discoveries.

The dampening of spirits means fewer people have had the courage, insight, or inspiration to revisit those ancient texts in light of newer discoveries concerning both science and ancient spirituality. Indeed, the past five years have revealed hundreds of convergences between cutting-edge scientific discoveries and ancient spirituality.

These new agreements, some of them now published in international, peer-reviewed scientific journals, prove without a shadow of a doubt, that divine inspiration can lead to authentic knowledge of our universe. (Download Free!)

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1. New Particle Resembling Long-Sought Higgs Boson Uncovered at Large Hadron Collider, By John Matson, ScientificAmerican.com, July 4, 2012

2. The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? (Paperback) by Leon Lederman (1994), p. 22

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One Response to What Is The God Particle?

  1. Ron Krumpos July 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    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. 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.”

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