It is interesting that scientists call Higgs boson the “God-particle”. For some it might reflect faith in a creator, for some it is a handy way to describe a fundamental piece in the mystery of understanding the universe. In any case, the scientists designing the experiments that will cause sub-atomic particles to collide at almost the speed of light have an appreciation for the universe. I found this quote:
The physical constants of the universe seem finely tuned for the emergence of complexity and life. Slightly modify the strength of gravity, or the chemistry of carbon, or the ratio of the mass of protons and electrons, and biological systems become impossible. The wild improbability of a universe that allows us to be aware of it seems to demand some explanation.
The explanation that works for me does not lie in the discovery of a God-particle (although I will follow the reports from CERN). The explanation that works for me is the belief in a God-universe. I believe God is the one who created and put the order into our world that gives us reason to marvel. It is not just a matter of looking at the smallest particles, but at the incredible whole into which we have been placed. It is a great place to be, surrounded by God’s wonder. “G” is for great – our Great God!