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USCCB doctrine official comments on Higgs Boson

Catholic World News - July 18, 2012

Physicist Lawrence Krauss of Arizona State University writes in Newsweek that the description of the Higgs Boson as the “God particle” is “unfortunate,” because the particle

validates an unprecedented revolution in our understanding of fundamental physics and brings science closer to dispensing with the need for any supernatural shenanigans all the way back to the beginning of the universe—and perhaps even before the beginning, if there was a before … The Higgs particle is now arguably more relevant than God.

"While the Higgs particle may help us in understanding the relationship between mass and matter, it does not explain why the Higgs particle itself exists," says Father Thomas Weinandy, executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Doctrine. “There must be a being whose very nature demands that it exists and, because of this, is able to bring other beings into existence. That being is God.”

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  • Posted by: mahnke6358 - Jul. 20, 2012 5:14 PM ET USA

    Before the beginning was/is God who brought all that is into being. There is no before the beginning, the Higgs is a wounderful discovery pointing to the wounder of this Energy we call God that is the author of all.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 18, 2012 8:10 PM ET USA

    "The Higgs particle is now arguably more relevant than God". When I read this sentence, I knelt down and asked our heavenly Father for forgiveness for our world in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. I am going now to pray a Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

  • Posted by: unum - Jul. 18, 2012 6:37 PM ET USA

    Dr.Jazz nailed the fallacy in secular thinking. I would add that the "supernatural shenanigans" are of interest to most of us who want to understand just how the particle was created at the beginning (or before the beginning in secular terminology).

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Jul. 18, 2012 9:36 AM ET USA

    "Before the beginning" Is that a scientific term?

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