'Super Collision' of Worldviews
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
“Thanks be to Nature!”
So said Fabiola Gianotti, head scientist for one of the main experimental teams at the July 4, 2012, announcement of the discovery of the elusive “God particle”. The huge crowd of physicists at the scientific symposium responded with laughter to the comment (joke?) amid multiple standing ovations for the groundbreaking work at the $10 billion super-collider particle accelerator.
The whole purpose of the huge, multinational effort – involving thousands of scientists for almost 50 years to detect a “Higgs Boson” – has been to gain “a better understanding of the origins and development of the universe”. The project has been compared to the effort to put a man on the moon – with fallout of technological benefits in a similar fashion to the fallout of technological development derived from the Apollo space program. Yet, unlike being able to see astronauts romping around on the moon’s surface, this “groundbreaking discovery” of a new subatomic particle is so intangible that it leaves those of us in the general public at the mercy of having to accept by faith what the physicists tell us.
The discovery supposedly confirms a theory explaining how other elementary particles could clump together in the first split seconds after the supposed Big Bang at the beginning of the universe, to form stars and planets and eventually molecules that would lead to life on earth. Without the Higgs particle, all other particles in the universe should have remained in a primordial soup of massless (weightless) energy. Here we see an effort to confirm a particular assumption about origins (i.e., the Big Bang Theory and a naturalistic evolutionary model).
It is called “the God particle” in a popular book by one of the leading physicists because it is “a mysterious particle whch is part of everything”. The Higgs Boson is a very “small but massive” particle and decays almost immediately when created. Only a large high-energy particle accelerator can observe and record the very high energy tests required to observe the particle. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva Switzerland – built in a circular tunnel 17 miles in circumference and 574 ft below ground – was constructed to detect the high energy atomic particles.
The scientists caution that the Higgs particle remains “theoretical” and further work is needed to confirm it. This last admission is telling. The discovery confirms how much we really don’t understand about the nature of the universe. As Christians, we should learn to be skeptical about scientific claims which require assumptions based in naturalistic interpretations of the history of the earth/universe. Such is the case with all news of evolutionary discoveries – like a recent report of a fossil find in Germany, which is causing scientists once again to change their idea about carnivorous dinosaurs, now claiming such dinosaurs to have feathers.
The point is that such theories change and grow more and more complicated as mankind clings to a bias of naturalistic philosophy. Particle physics, for example, must now deal with several types of bosons, quarks, gluons, leptons and photons in addition to electrons, protons and neutrons – with particles and antiparticles, mass and antimass, matter and antimatter. It’s enough to make your head swim.
Christians should also realize that these kinds of mysteries point to a spiritual reality consistent with biblical truth. If there are things such as “bosons” and “antimatter”, why shouldn’t the next step into the unknown include a spiritual dimension? Physics is now working on the very edge of the material universe, postulating more and more intangible things. So why shouldn’t the Bible’s intangible spiritual reality be true?
The Bible gives evidence of its keen insight and wisdom through such statements as, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible … and he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17). He is “upholding all things by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3). The reason why huge amounts of energy are held together inside atoms without blowing apart is because they are being sustained by our Creator. If it were not so, the particles and structure of materials would collapse, disintegrate and “…melt with fervent heat” – something that will happen in the future, according to 2 Peter 3:10.
At Creation Moments, we know that the Word of God is true and powerful. Man’s nature-based theories are limited and biased because we are rebellious sinners. It is vital to filter the world’s understanding through a biblical lens. And that’s why Creation Moments publishes and distributes biblical creation materials for Christian education.