The July 17 letter from Chaplain Chris Roussell illustrates the total disconnect between science and the religious-minded. Chaplain Rousell seems to think that the search for the Higgs particle is part of some conspiracy to disprove the existence of God. Nothing could be further from the truth.
There is not a single physicist on the planet that is worried about proving God’s existence or the lack thereof. There is no branch of science that focuses on why the universe was created, only how. “Why” — in the sense of the conscious creative force — is the business of theologians and philosophers.
Science, in general, is the study of observable physical phenomena through reproducible experimentation with the goal of discovering objective facts. Religion, on the other hand, revolves around faith, and faith is not subject to the microscope or chemical analysis.
The phrase “God Particle” was coined by the media to describe something very complex and hard to find. Every time I see a physicist being interviewed and that phrase is used, they noticeably wince. It is the Higgs boson — another member of the Standard Model of the sub-atomic world. British physicist Peter Higgs mathematically predicted its existence a long time ago, and it helps to explain the physical quality that all matter has that we refer to as mass.
It has no religious significance whatsoever.