The “God Particle” is a term coined for the Higgs boson subatomic particle said to be “the central cornerstone to the state of physics today … without it, nothing could exist.” More simply, says one scientist, the “God Particle” is what puts the “bang” in the Big Bang Theory — the generally accepted thesis that the universe began with a single explosion nearly 14 billion years ago.
Does that mean that the 60 percent of scientists who are said to be atheists will finally arrive at the believer’s belief that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”? (Genesis 1:1)
Perhaps not. But, just getting scientists talking about God is a good thing, is it not?
I lead you into this discussion from neither the perspective of a physicist nor a theologian, but the guy who brought you ABC’s “Schoolhouse Rock.” I tend to see things with the simplicity of “Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?” And from my view, the “God Particle” is merely more evidence that God does exist, for anyone willing to examine the data.
You see, my notion is that all matter in the universe is divinely aligned; that there is a balance to everything. And the jigsaw puzzles of each of our lives — the events, the people and everything around us—all fit together perfectly, by divine design. Moreover, those little Godwinks, which you may have called coincidence, connect you with the people and events that help you reach your most ambitious dreams.
That’s the thesis in my new book, Divine Alignment™, which, interestingly, was birthed on the very day the media was heralding the announcement of the “God Particle.” How’s that for a Godwink?
In the book I tell the story of scientist Francis Collins, head of the National Health Institute, the man who led the genome team in mapping the DNA in our bodies. Dr. Collins was once an atheist, who, in his own words, “with willful blindness and arrogance, avoided any serious consideration that God might be a real possibility.”
Then, Dr. Collins’ no-room-for-God attitude collided with a simple question from a grandmother: “Does a scientist draw conclusions without considering the data?”
She was right. He’d never really taken the time. So, to prove Granny wrong, he began evaluating the data.
He studied the works of many others, like former atheist C.S. Lewis, whose own belief system was turned upside down when he determined that there’s a “moral law” that we are born with, innately knowing right from wrong. It was a perspective which could lead only to the positive conclusion that God exists.
In the end, Dr. Collins had to admit to Granny: “Faith in God seemed more rational than disbelief.” And he joined the ranks of scholars like space scientist Wernher von Braun and Sir Isaac Newton, concluding that “one does not have to choose between science and God, but the two are compatible.”
“I found great joy in being both a scientist studying the genome and a follower of Christ,” says Dr. Collins. “In my view, evolution might have been God’s elegant plan for creating humankind.”
Professor Stephen Meyer of Whitmore College adds to the argument that there is a divinely aligned balance of perfection in the universe. He offers this astonishing conclusion: “The universe is fine-tuned to one part in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion,” and if it were off by one part, we wouldn’t be here today.
Putting it differently, in Divine Alignment™ I quote former atheist/ law reporter Lee Strobel, who contends that the design of God’s universe “is as precise as throwing a dart from space and hitting a bull’seye just a trillionth of a trillionth of an inch in diameter on Earth.”
In the final analysis, though, will all evidence and theory decisively convince the nonbelievers?
Probably not. But, if the mind-numbing thesis of the “God Particle” or the simple thesis of Divine Alignment™ serves only to get more nonbelievers thinking about the existence of God, perhaps many will arrive at the same collision with Granny’s question that Dr. Francis Collins encountered: “Does a scientist come to a conclusion without considering all of the data?”
Of course, the nonbelievers have one other huge disadvantage — they don’t have a body of evidence gathered and written down for 3,000 years, which has never been proven false — the Bible.
Dr. Arthur Compton, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, commented on the very first verse of the Bible: “For myself, faith begins with a realization that a supreme intelligence brought the universe into being and created man … an orderly, unfolding universe testifies to the truth of the most majestic statement ever uttered — ‘In the beginning God…’”