Since I am writing a book that attempts to unify science and religion, I couldn’t resist weighing in on the huge “atom-smasher” in Switzerland that is being turned on today.
It is considered the largest scientific experiment of all time. This 17-mile tunnel of super-cooled magnets will hurl protons around in opposite directions at near the speed of light. Once these protons are up to speed, they will be aimed at each other and forced to collide.
Scientists believe that the Collider will simulate the conditions of the early universe at the time of the Big Bang. They hope that the results of the collisions of the protons will provide answers to such mysteries as dark matter, dark energy, and other theoretical entities such as the Higgs particle (boson), which gives mass to matter.
Other people are not so excited. They are worried that “killer” particles and micro-black holes might emerge that will gobble up and destroy the earth.
Either way, as a theologian, I think that God should be brought into the discussion. After all, the creation of the universe and its “last days” are both addressed by religion.
If this experiment works it could show how God creates. If it doesn’t work, and things go horribly wrong, it could show how God intends to end it all, then create a new heaven and new earth.
Neither will happen. Nor will scientists get the answers they are looking for – only more questions and puzzles.
The physical universe is not founded on physical principles. Einstein’s relativity theory and quantum physics provide evidence for such an assumption. If you follow the Big Bang theory back to the beginning of time, you end up with a singularity, whereby the entire universe is squeezed into a an ever-decreasing radius, whereby spacetime ceases to exists. Where there is no space and time there are no physical laws. In quantum theory, the pre-space or prenatal universe exists as a quantum vacuum consisting of pure possibilities and “tendencies to exist.”
So, even though relativity theory and quantum theory are at odds with each other, they both portray non-physical beginnings.
This means that the physics ruling the universe on the fundamental level are based laws and dynamics found outside time and space. Considering that nature shows an incessant drive towards coherence and profound self-organization, we need to identify a non-physical organizing principle – a principle that will explain why the constants of law in the universe are so bio-friendly.
In my upcoming book, I will attempt to provide evidence that this organizing principle is LOVE. The essence of love is to unite. And, one of the things self-evident about the whole universe, its dynamics, and its laws, is that everything is wonderfully unified.
Love is the secret to agency in the universe. It is the answer to how the universe can be non-locally subordinated and coordinated simultaneously. And, that brings God and religion back into the equation of a discussion about the ultimate reality.
The Hadron Collider will fail to offer scientists a physical answer to their deepest questions!
By the way, the Second Coming, whereby the Lord will make all things “anew” will actually involve a paradigm shift to a more adequate theology as well as a more adequate science.