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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Higgs Boson?

How new scientific discoveries have shaped my theology.

Every believer has his or her own doubt instigator. For some, it's the problem of pain. How can there be a good God when there is so much indescribable suffering in the world? The problem of pain has made me question God's character, but never his existence.

For others, it's God's intangibility: "I can't see, hear, taste, touch, or sense God's presence, therefore he must not exist." But that doesn't really get to me, either. I'm willing to accept that there is a dimension to life that is inaccessible through the five senses.

No, for me, it's science that causes an attosecond of doubt. What we're learning about creation through astronomy and physics leaves me shaking in my boots. This past July, scientists presented evidence for a particle called the Higgs boson, or the "God particle." In simple terms, the Higgs boson lends credence to the Big Bang theory because it explains why particles have mass—and why, in turn, we exist. Without the Higgs boson, the universe would have energy but no mass.

Some scientists claim that the discovery is a severe blow to religion. One Cambridge professor said the Higgs boson was "another nail in the coffin of religion"; Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist at Arizona State University argued that the Higgs boson "posits a new story of our creation" independent of a supernatural creator. The Higgs boson, scientists argue, tells us how something came ...

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