The world’s largest particle accelerator was tested successful today, setting the stage for one of the world’s largest scientific experiments. As reported on National Public Radio, Physicists Revving World’s Most Powerful Smashup, the Large Hadron Collider is set to conduct experiments to search “for clues about the fundamental building blocks of matter that make up the universe.”
The NPR article reports that: “Physicists hope a particle they call the Higgs (once referred to as the “God Particle”) will emerge. It would help explain why things in the universe have mass. They also hope to manufacture particles of “dark matter” – that mysterious invisible stuff that astronomers believe makes up a quarter of the mass of the universe.”
You can see a graphic showing how the particle accelerator/collider works by clicking here.
Personally I find the project interesting and exciting. For us to gather clues about the fundamental building blocks of matter is also for us to understand the very material and methods of the Creator. Like DNA, these building blocks of matter are another written word to us from God and another way for creation to make known to us the Creator (see Romans 1:18-20). And scientists become the prophets to help us understand God’s universe and message.
After posting the above message I was listening to a Mars Hill Audio interview of Patrick Deneen who talked about how 17th Century English Philosopher Francis Bacon saw nature as in a hostile relationship with humanity. He wrote that nature must be captured and then like a prisoner tortured to force it to release its secrets. He saw science as the torturer trying to forcibly extract from nature the things that nature wants to hide from us – truth. Perhaps Bacon would have been favorably impressed with a Particle Collider which forcibly extracts truth from nature by creating powerful subatomic collisions which destroy a proton but release its secrets. I’m not nearly so impressed by the fury needed to reveal the subatomic building blocks of the empiracal world, and see it much more as cracking a code that God wrote into the universe for us to decipher and discern. However, some will worry that this is perhaps Eve and Adam deciding again that the forbidden fruit is desired to make one wise (Genesis 3:6) and that we are grasping for something that God intentionally put out of our reach. Or perhaps that this is our tower of Babel(Genesis 11). My own sense is that God who is light speaks in order to reveal Himself through the created world. Hopefully we will endeavor to listen to Him.