Theology vs. Physics, Round MMMMCMXCIX: Church Finds Pope, Science Finds God (Particle)

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A great, topical headline from VF Dailyas Juli Weiner wraps the new Pope story around the God Particle confirmation:

Science is not going to lose the news cycle to religion so easily! Barely a day after the Catholic Church announced it had found its new Pope (hello there, Francis I!), nuclear physicists at CERN revealed that they have indeed found the God Particle. No, like, for real this time. Swear to. . . science.

What is the God Particle? Is it. . . a one-lunged Argentine with a passion for social justice? No? CBS News clarifies that the body in question is a:

subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape. The elusive particle, called a Higgs boson, was predicted in 1964 to help fill in our understanding of the creation of the universe, which many theorize occurred in a massive explosion known as the Big Bang.

Unarguably very interesting! But if physics loses headlines to faith, it is almost certainly an issue of lackluster branding rather than content.

First of all, CERN announced its finding in a statement. Boo! In contrast, the Church announced its news by publicly teasing the process out for weeks and then using literal smoke signals to reveal that a leaders had been selected…

[continues at VF Daily]


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8 Comments on "Theology vs. Physics, Round MMMMCMXCIX: Church Finds Pope, Science Finds God (Particle)"

  1. 2 sides. Same coin.

    Better yet: Infinite sides infinite coins.

  2. 2 sides. Same coin.

    Better yet: Infinite sides infinite coins.

  3. Erick Chastain | Mar 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm |

    The Pope is a biophysicist. So I’m sure he’s as excited about the Higgs boson as you are.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Mar 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm |

    Big Science & Big Religion
    hard to to tell them apart these daze
    which one elected a new Pope with the name Bozon?

  5. kowalityjesus | Mar 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm |

    As far as I can tell calling the Higgs Boson “The God Particle” is sensationalism already. “God” in this context is just a dramatic superlative of “really important.”

    • The “God Particle” moniker (which Higgs reportedly despises, by the way) actually refers to the Higgs Boson’s frustrating ability to elude detection for decades after its existence was first postulated. Note that, now that the boson that acts to give matter its mass has been demonstrated to actually exist, the particle is one up on God.

      • kowalityjesus | Mar 15, 2013 at 6:21 am |

        I can’t wait until someone goes further and explains the mysteriously temperate nature of the universal forces and constants. It will take a much bigger philosophy than is currently vogue in science.
        Thanks for enlightening me as to the true origins of the term. Must agree with Higgs, really.

  6. I know this is completely unfair of me, but…

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