True Believers

“Show me,” said the skeptic.

“His works are all around you,” said the believer.

“In your opinion,” said the skeptic.

The conversation continued.

“Without him the universe as we know it would not exist.”

“Seeing is believing,”

“You cannot see him, but that does not mean he does not exist.”

“You ask me to believe on your word?”

“My word and thousands more who believe as I do.”

“History shows us that thousands, even millions can be wrong, I want hard facts not assumptions.”

“Assumptions can lead us to the truth if we pursue in faith.”

Thus did the age old contest between believers and sceptics continue, only with a twist.

The skeptic replied. You ask me to believe the incomprehensible. That every particle of every star and solar system in the universe was created in an instant; that all matter was once contained in the size of a pinhead. How can such things be.”

“It will all be made clear when he appears.”

“When who appears?”

“The organizer of all things.”

“Who is?”

‘Higgs boson, the God particle.”

As scientists continue their search for Higgs boson, people of faith may be permitted a demure smile. Higgs boson is nicknamed “the God particle” because virtually all of modern physics theory hangs on his actually existing. The stakes are high. If the elusive particle cannot be found, it must be assumed, taken on faith if you will. Otherwise the Standard Theory of Particle Physics reverts back to somewhere short of minus square one. Researchers at the ten billion dollar Large Hadron Collider near Geneva Switzerland have ramped up the power of their electronic racetrack to 466 billion electron volts. I don’t know what that means, but it’s a big number in any scenario.

Scientists were confident they would discover Higgs boson with the powerful new nanoparticle search machine. But no luck so far, and they’ve peeked down 95% of the possible cosmic rabbit holes where he could be hiding.

If in fact Higgs boson is just a figment of particle physicists’ imagination, then the Big Bang theory has wet powder, and all that goes with it trudges back to the drawing board.

For the scientists’ sake I hope this turns out like the search for Sadam Hussein, and Higgs is hiding in a hole somewhere. But if not, the scientists may find some encouragement in the words of the Apostle Paul, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

(See De Groote, Michael, “Creation theory may be wrong as particle continues to elude scientists,” Deseret News, September 2, 2011, p. A3)