Since the announcement of the Higgs boson particle’s discovery I have seen several comments out on the interwebs asking about what implications the finding has for religion. This may be due in part to the boson’s nickname (“the God particle” – a misnomer if I’ve ever heard one), but more than anything I think it’s due to ignorance of just exactly how it is that religion and science relate to one another; particularly within a Christian worldview.
That said, I came across the following comment whilst getting the latest on the story via the interwebs. It says just what I would say, but it’s less wordy and, frankly, I’ve been too busy to write anything up of my own lately.
All these above arguments [referring to other commenters debating the implications of the particle for religious worldviews] seem to be chasing phantoms. The implication of the Higgs Boson, in a very small nutshell, explains how other elementary particles gain their mass. It is not Science’s way of saying Religion is irrelevant, or even that God doesn’t exist.
Those who believe that only material things exist cannot use material arguments to prove that immaterial things don’t exist. Those who believe that immaterial things exist can’t deny the findings of the scientific community. If you are someone who believes that God made the universe, then you shouldn’t feel threatened by anything that can be discovered or observed in it.
– via “Acoja1”