For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is

than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring…

– Carl Sagan

A couple of days ago I chimed in on the “God Gene” debate over VMAT2. Now I want to discuss something even larger than life – something that transcends human consciousness but is igniting a religious/science firestorm: The “God Particle” or Higgs Boson as scientists call it.

The Higgs Boson explains why particles have mass; and in turn why we exist. Without the Boson, the Universe would have no physical matter, only energy. It is the scientific explanation for the origin of matter and why we exist;  sans of God or divine intervention. You can see why the religious are threatened – But they shouldnt be…

“The cosmological implications are hotly debated. Can God fit in a scientific story of creation?”

Lawrence M. Krauss, an ASU physicist, argues that the Higgs Boson discovery outlines a new story of our creation that is independent of religious belief.

Philip Clayton, dean of Claremont School of Theology states, “such metaphorical language helps to explain the world at the particle level where physical laws such as gravity break down, and physicists rely on abstractions to describe how particles interact”. Clayton said discussing whether the discovery “disproves religion or supports creation” misses the point. “The fans and the foes of religion … are overreaching on both sides. The quest for the Higgs Boson, and its ultimate discovery, neither proves nor disproves God.”

I guess that depends on how you define God?

I love Deepak Chopra’s view on this scientific breakthrough: “It only strengthens the notion that the Universe comes out of a nothingness which is everything.” Chopra adds, “the Boson hints at a divine interconnectedness of all things”.

hmmm, sounds like a Responsive Universe?

Krauss states, “that’s the difference between science and religion,” he said. “We don’t require the Universe to be what we want — we force our beliefs to conform to the evidence of reality.”

That is why I posted the Carl Sagan quote at the beginning. The ironic thing is, God can be proven by science. It is just that we need to redefine God. What is God? That will be my next post and it is guaranteed to piss off a few people.

John C. Bader

www.responsiveuniverse.com

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