God’s sub-atomic particle shows wonder of creation

The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Science comments on CERN’s discovery of a Higgs-like particle and asks who created the laws of nature discovered by science

Alessandro Speciale (Vatican Insider Reporter)
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Scientists celebrate

The Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Science, Mgr. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, already knew that the discovery of the Higgs boson was close. He learnt the news before it went public, last autumn.

During the sub nuclear physics symposium held at the Casina Pio IV villa, in the Vatican, some of the physicians at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) explained that the Large Hadron Collinder – the mega particle accelerator underneath Geneva which was inaugurated a year ago – had started showing “clues” of a mysterious particle which physicians had spent fifty years searching for. Taking into account the current theories on the nature of the universe, without this particle, nothing in our world would have mass and everything would be a stew of pure energy.

“Every time we are shown that creation is something wonderful,” Mgr. Sanchez Sorondo told Vatican Insider, commenting on the announcement confirming yesterday’s discovery in Geneva.

The existence of the Higgs boson, as predicted by physicians in 1964, shows that the universe “has a fundamental structure that is discovered.” “But the fact it is there – the Argentinean prelate said with a sly tone – means someone must have put it there.”

The Higgs boson became the rock star of nuclear physics, particularly thanks to the nickname given to it in a book published in 1993 by Nobel prize-winning physicist Leon M. Lederman: the “God particle”. The physicist had actually wanted to call it the “goddamn particle” but was forced to change the name by his editor.

The name is perhaps a little pompous. “But I am glad – Mgr. Sanchez Sorondo joked – that Margherita Hack, an atheist, also refers to it as the “God particle.”

On a more serious note, the theologian points out two positive aspects of CERN’s discovery. First of all, “our knowledge helps us to discover what goes on in nature.” In practice, “mathematics is useful but only to a certain extent,” because we need a comparison with reality: it is a line of thought which the prelate calls “neo-realism”, stressing that there is a concrete link between “what happens in nature” and “what is understood by the mind.”

Mgr. Sanchez Sorondo went on to say that “the scientist discovers laws which he did not create. The question of who created these laws is a theological one: scientists limits themselves to saying that they discovered them; faithful see the fruits of God’s actions.”

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5 Responses to God’s sub-atomic particle shows wonder of creation

  1. Toadspittle says:

    “…it is a line of thought which the prelate calls “neo-realism”, stressing that there is a concrete link between “what happens in nature” and “what is understood by the mind.” “

    Well, if that is not trotting out the utterly bleeding obvious and attempting to endow it with an absurd and spurious significance, Toad is a monkey’s second cousin, twice removed.
    (Which he is, anyway.)

    What else could possibly goddamn happen?


  2. Teacher says:

    Wow…Toad you really get around, don’t you! So, you’re one of the genetically 98% who believes he came from pond scum, eh? Poor thing… Anyway, you do give me a chuckle now and then!


  3. Toadspittle says:

    Indeed, Teacher we do all come from pond scum. Though some have come further than others.
    And don’t knock pond scum. It has produced several excellent Catholic priests, as we all know from our daily perusal of the “media.”

    However, you apparently, are one of the genetically 2% who believe babies were brought to Mummy’s tummy by storks.
    Well, you may be right. Your pupils doubtless agree. (Insert smiley face.)


  4. Teacher says:

    You haven’t changed, I see! Oh well, I do enjoy your comments, silly as they are! I guess my question is, if you have such distain for the Catholic Church (as it seems to me, but I could be mistaken), why do you spend so much time on Catholic websites/blogs? Just interested… I guess my thoughts are that being a science teacher for many years, and having deducted that there is only one possible, logical explanation for all the grandeur of creation, the last place I would want to peruse would be an atheistic-evolution website/blog. But again, that’s just me. Anyway, it is always fun to read your posts…even though I rarely agree with them, but that’s what makes life interesting, doesn’t it?


  5. Toadspittle says:

    Very nicely put, Teacher. Award yourself 7 out of 10, and a (very small) gold star!.

    However, I don’t entertain “distain” for the catholic Church in the smallest degree.
    It is an impressive institution. But – as the old saw goes – who wants to live in an institution?
    Mired in scandal and corruption – to be sure – but what institution isn’t, these days?

    This is currently the only blog to which I subscribe. How much fun would there be going onto an Agnostic one, and metaphorically nodding and agreeing all the time?
    No fun at all, as you shrewdly point out. And fun – as we all agree (except, of course Teresa) – is what it’s all about.

    Moreover, the standard of grammar and literacy on CP&S is generally acceptable enough, leaving only some of the content open to question.
    One can’t say that of many blogs. Thinks Toad, who also shares its consuming interest in foreskins, as doubtless do you!


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