'God particle' sure to draw debate

Scientists' recent discovery of the so-called “God particle” is sure to draw a religious debate about God's role in the creation of the universe.
by Carla Hinton Modified: July 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm •  Published: July 7, 2012

Bring up the topics of evolution, creationism or intelligent design and you are bound to stir someone's emotions during the conversation.

Into this heated debate comes the Higgs boson, or the so-called “God particle,” which scientists unveiled on Wednesday.

Groups of scientists have been searching for the Higgs boson for a long time.

An Associated Press story on the subatomic particle said it could help explain why all matter has mass and crack open a new realm of subatomic science.

The Associated Press reported that at least two generations of physicists hunted for the particle, believing it would help shape our understanding of how the universe began and how its most elemental pieces fit together.

There are some who would surmise that the Higgs boson proves that God had nothing to do with creation.

Others say the discovery of the subatomic particle proves/doesn't prove anything about religion, one way or the other.

And there you have it — the makings of a huge debate.

I'm interested to know what readers think about this.

Send your comments via email to chinton@opubco.com or write to Carla Hinton, c/o The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Please include your name, city and faith affiliation. Your comments could be used for a future story in The Oklahoman.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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