The God Particle – Super Colliders and the Higgs Boson

I love science.  The fact that I’m a Christian does not diminish this interest. 

Recently there have been experiments with a giant particle collider located near Geneva, Switzerland.  This circular tube of steel, concrete  and magnets is used to speed super-cooled particles up to the speed of light and have them crash into each other.  At 17 miles in circumference, it is a massive project involving the support of over 8000 physicists and hundreds of universities and laboratories (Wikipedia).

One of the hopes in doing this is to observe the Higgs Boson.  This is a particle which has no additional ways of being broken down.  It is the theorized smallest of all particles.  We used to think the molecule was the smallest part. Then we discovered the atom.  Then we discovered protons and electrons.  Now scientists have discovered and theorized even smaller atomic particles.  The Higgs Boson is one of them.

The Higgs Boson’s nickname is the “God Particle” because it cannot be broken down further.  To observe it would be to observe the most fundamental component of physical matter in our universe. In essence, viewing it would be viewing the building material used by God to make the universe.

Physics is a fantastic study of our universe and the laws governing matter and its movement.  The more we find out about it, the more remarkable our Creator becomes.  Also, the more remarkable the statement in Paul’s letter to the believers at Colossae:

Colossians 1:16-17   16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created by Him and for Him.  17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Christ is at the center of everything related to our universe.  The more we know, the more spectacular He becomes.

(for more info on the Large Hadron Collider go to


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