Regarding “A matter of faith vs. reason” (ScissorTales, July 14): I applaud you for your excellent treatment of the probable discovery of the Higgs boson, but I take exception to your implication that there's a conflict between science and faith in God, as seen in the headline and the use of the words “super-colliding matter of faith vs. reason.”
I'm a scientist. I have a firm belief in God, the ultimate Creator of all things. I don't find a conflict. Life isn't a game with the rules printed on the box, nor does it have a manual like your new cellphone. God laid out the rules for all things to follow. Some are simple and obvious such as “If you step off the roof, you will fall.” Other rules aren't so obvious such as “If you pass a coil of copper wire through a magnetic field, an electric current will be generated.”
Since the time of the early Greeks and before, scientists have been seeking to learn a little bit more of the rules. This particular particle was postulated by Dr. Peter Higgs about 50 years ago as a way of solving his mathematical description of “the way things work.” But no one was able to find this particle.
This evidence of the existence of the Higgs boson and the conditions under which it was found will go a long way toward learning more about the rules God laid out in the beginning. Faith has been defined as belief without facts. But the discovery of more facts doesn't diminish God or our faith in Him. Let's not imply that it does.
Don Hirsch, Edmond
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