“The discovery [of the Higgs Boson particle] is yet another demonstration of Scientific methodology as the scrupulous process by which humankind acquires and authenticates all knowledge. The importance of this becomes more obvious when contrasted against the current resurgence of rabid religionism, especially the unabashed and exuberant anti-intellectualism of those who assert that they hold special knowledge, supplied by talkative deities, and who strive to supplant Science with bronze age origin fables.” The Washington Post
OK, I know I’m taking a risk with this post. It could backfire. I think it’s worthy of discussion.
So where do I stand in all of this?
To put it simply, I’m a confused agnostic. Yes, I’m a fence sitter.
On the one hand, I don’t believe in God. On the other, I don’t not believe either (double negative, sorry). I told you I was confused.
I tend to agree with one part of the Washington Post article*. The bible is a collection of fables written a long time ago and it doesn’t convince me one iota there is a god. But it doesn’t mean I don’t believe. It just means I have seen no compelling evidence to sway me. The jury is still out in my book.
However, the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle – while super exciting for a lot of white-coated boffins with unruly hair and clipboards – doesn’t answer anything. It begs more questions.
What created the Higgs Boson particle? And what gave the particle its legs? What happened before nothing?
Yes, science is rigorous and robust (read fastidious and narky). To that I don’t doubt (my training is in public health so I appreciate the rigour). In fact, science has saved my life on more than one occasion, and for that I am eternally grateful. But it doesn’t answer the questions I want answering about creation. All this does is confuse me more, because it seems to bring science and religion one step closer together. Think about it for a second. Both are saying something was created out of nothing. Yet the discussion always seems to be positioned as one against the other, like they can’t co-exist.
Hence me sitting on the fence.
I may be missing something, or simply not smart enough. That’s why I need your help.
- What do you think? Does this discovery help us answer our questions about creation?
- Can science and religion co-exist?
Or is this much ado about nothing? Is there even any benefit to humankind knowing?
I’m keen to hear what you think…
*for the record, I thought the way the Washington Post article was written stinks. It takes a stab at anti-intellectualism while trying very hard to be overly intellectual to the point of nausea.