This week's poll: The Higgs boson and religion
On July 14, 2012 At 4:29 pm
Responses : 12 Comments
The 4th of July marked a momentous day in science … CERN announced that there is evidence of a new subatomic particle. If this particle is the Higgs boson particle — which laypeople term the "God particle" — its presence will help explain how particles accumulate mass and will reveal the fundamental properties of matter.
Research is being conducted to determine whether the particle actually is the Higgs boson, which could help explain what happened microseconds after the Big Bang. Although research is still underway, the debate over the particle's implications in terms of science and religion has ignited.
In an article published at the Washington Post, Chris Lisee examines both sides of the issue, quoting theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss, at Arizona State University, who wrote, "If we can describe the laws of nature back to the beginning of time without any supernatural shenanigans, it becomes clear that you don’t need God." In the same article, Lisee notes that religious institutions see things differently, as just a deeper aspect of "the personality of God." The argument of whether the discovery "disproves religion or supports creation" is overreaching, Lisee writes, quoting Philip Clayton, dean of Claremont School of Theology.
What's your take?
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Will conclusive evidence of the Higgs boson affect religious belief?
- No - People will continue to believe what they believe. (59%, 24 Votes)
- Sort of - People might continue to gravitate away from organized religion but embrace Deism or metaphysics, rejecting creation mythologies but still believing in a creator. (32%, 13 Votes)
- Yes. (10%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 41