Russian Orthodox Church hails possible discovery of the Higgs boson, or “God particle”
Russian Orthodox Church hails possible discovery of the Higgs boson, or
The Moscow Patriarchate has congratulated scientists on the possible
discovery of the Higgs boson, or “God particle.”
“I am glad about this discovery and I would like to congratulate
scientists on it. It probably again raises the question of whether
matter has always been the way it is now or initially developed
according to a special scenario and is not eternal and unchanging, as
some people believed several decades ago,” Protopope Vsevolod Chaplin,
the head of the synodal department on liaison between the church and
society, told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.
According to earlier reports, scientists from the CERN research center
in Switzerland announced the discovery of a new sub-atomic particle on
Wednesday. This particle could be the “Higgs boson” or “God particle,”
which, according to the standard physics model, created the mass of the
The proof of the existence of the Higgs particle will fit in the theory
of the Universe accepted by most scientists. When the Universe began
cooling down after the Big Bang, a hypothetical force known as the Higgs
field was formed. This field explains the appearance of the mass of the
particles that formed atoms.
The clergyman pointed out that Sergio Bertolucchi, director on research
and scientific calculations at CERN, “honestly admits that only 4% of
the existing particles can currently be studied and the remaining 96%
“In my view, humanity is only just beginning to know the world, both
spiritual and physical. We really do not even know what is located
twenty kilometers down in the ground, although we can see far-away
stars,” he said.
This means that there is still a great deal of room for research and
thought and for knowledge and understanding of their limitations, he said.