Does the discovery of the Higgs boson, the God particle, disprove Christianity?

by Matt Slick

The Higgs boson, which has also been called "The God Particle" is a new particle that has never been seen before.  It was formed by having to beams of protons collide at super high speed. This experiment that produced it was done at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), near Geneva, Switzerland.  The scientists think that the particle may be tied to the initial explosion that brought the universe into existence.  It is tied to the question of how sub atomic particles obtain their mass.  The theory is that the universe is the result of this particle that is tied to the beginning of the universe and ultimately, the formation of life -- so says science.

The implications that some are drawing is that if we can figure out how and what this particle is, then we can explain how the universe came into existence.

"The Higgs is associated with an invisible field predicted to permeate throughout all of space interacting with particles to give them mass. The Higgs is the key to unlocking the question: Why does matter have mass?...And we might be provided with clues that reveal the trail to unraveling the ultimate holy grail of fundamental particle physics -- a quantum theory of gravity."1

But no, the Higgs boson does not disprove Christianity. The creation of the universe was by the hand of God (Genesis 1:1) and if the Higgs boson was part of the method, then so be it. I'm not saying it is or is not, but the existence of a certain particle does not mean that God does not exist.

Nevertheless, we still have the issue of why the universe exists rather than does not exist. It came into existence and something caused it to exist. It could not have brought itself into existence because it did not have any properties, any characteristics by which it could perform any action. Therefore, it could not have brought itself into existence. Instead, it was caused to exist. Now we could point to such things as the Kalam cosmological argument for God's existence which, when examined, proposes a personal or impersonal cause of the universe. The very simple version is that the impersonal cause cannot bring the universe into existence. Therefore, a personal cause brought the universe into existence.  For an expansion of this argument see the "Debate between Matt slick and Eddie Tabash on 'Does God Exist?'"   The Video of the debate is found here.

I see no reason at all to consider the Higgs boson is any threat to the Christian truth that God created the universe, that Christ was crucified on the cross, and that three days later he rose from the dead.

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About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.