In 2012, scientists at CERN – the European Nuclear Research Facility in Geneva – announced the discovery of a new elementary particle. Previously described in theory only, the so-called Higgs-Boson was found after about 50 years of searching. This particle is supposed to be responsible for the mass property of all material things, needed to keep things together. Excitement was big and a big name it got: “the God particle”.
The question may be raised whether this is a sufficient explanation for what keeps the world together. What is the origin of any particle or thing? Even millions of measurement data in an accelerator cannot give us that answer. Without faith in a creator, man is left without an explanation for the beginning of this world and the purpose of his existence.
“for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him; and he is before all things, and in him all things consist.”Colossians 1:16-17
This newly discovered material component does however deserve its unusual sounding title, not so much for its key role within the standard model of modern physics, but rather because of his all-powerful creator – as all other particles before.