The God Squad: The real question is, who created the God Particle?

July 13, 2012|By Marc Gellman, Tribune Media Services

Question: Reportedly, scientists in Switzerland have announced the key discovery to authenticate the theory of all matter: the "God Particle." New discoveries, in turn, create new analysis of the intelligent design of creation, and so the wheel of science study spins.

Surrounded by the barrier past what we can't see — the Big Bang theory — perhaps this recent find is the divine intervention for modern science that no law of physics rules out.

The renowned European Organization for Nuclear Research Scientists collaborates on the Higgs boson subatomic particle finding as the God Particle. Thus, it the footprint of the first step to all existence — the divine missing link to all creation.


Could the discovery of the God Particle be the beginning, and thus, as it has been said, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth"?

—S., Lindenhurst, N.Y., via

Answer: I was hoping to get a question about the new (sort of) discovery of a particle that gives mass and therefore gravity and therefore existence to matter. Calling it the God Particle is both appropriate and misleading.

It is right to call this discovery a God Particle because it may be the very first scientific proof of the move from nothing to something in the universe. For some scientists, this is proof that God is unnecessary. The natural laws of physics can, so they believe, now explain everything. For some of them. God is just an ancient, extraneous concept, but I disagree.

I don't believe that science and religion need to be engaged in mortal combat. I believe, with the late paleontologist Stephen J. Gould, that science and religion are "non-overlapping magesteria" (NOMA), each sovereign in its own domain of human thought and human hope.

As Gould said, "Science teaches us what is in the heavens and religion teaches us how to get to heaven."

I think you are on the right track in speculating that the discovery of the Higgs boson merely takes us closer to understanding the mechanisms by which God created and continues to create the universe. Perhaps there is a force called dark energy in the universe, which looks like it is nothing, but is really something that has the power to create the subatomic particles that are the building blocks of all matter.

However, the philosophical/theological first question still remains: "Who created the dark energy that created the boson that created matter that created people and puppy dogs?"

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