Occasional thoughts from a young adult reveling in the messiness of life.
So here’s something that I don’t quite get: for the last 50 years, scientists have “believed” that the Higgs boson particle exists. The Standard Model of physics doesn’t make sense without it, and scientists have spent an inordinate amount of time and money (over 10 billion dollars) trying to prove that it does exist.
They have, in essence, been working on, with and by faith. Faith being “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
If faith can play this big of a role in science, why do Christians get dinged so often for it? Every time I read an article on the CNN Belief Blog, the comments are overrun by snarky atheists degrading Christians for having faith. “Prove it,” they say, “prove that God exists.”
I’ll get back to that in a second.
What makes the faith/science comparison even more interesting to me in the context of the Higgs boson is that if you look back to an article from December 2011, you’ll see that scientists even admitted that when they confirm the existence of the particle, it won’t be because they could actually see it.
Try this quote on for size: “Scientists say Higgs boson particles won’t be discovered by actually observing the particles themselves. They will be discovered by observing how other particles react to them.”
So, scientists can base their understanding of the universe on something they’re not even sure exists, all the while knowing that they won’t actually be able to see it even if it’s right in front of their eyes? Apparently, yes.
There’s just something poetic about the fact that what has now been confirmed as one of the greatest discoveries in physics in the last 30-40 years was only possible because there were people who believed strongly enough that it did—people who knew that the world as they understood it didn’t make sense without it.
For me, God is something that without which, most things in my life don’t make sense. And the next time that an atheist says “prove it,” I’ll politely remind them that even in science, proof comes in many forms.
I may not be able to see God Himself, but I can see Him in the reaction of everything else in—and around—me, and that’s more than enough evidence for me.