Rev. William S. Glazier Mystic
The Day's front pages on July 3 and 5 included articles proclaiming that the world's most powerful CERN atom smasher had discovered "a new subatomic particle, one theorized to be so fundamental that without it, nothing could exist." This particle has been dubbed "the Higgs boson" after the physicist who predicted it 50 years ago, and "the God particle" because its action gives many energy particles mass as they passed through its energy field enabling matter as we know it to exist. With mass, stars and their planets, including our Earth, hold together and form orbits as we know them. Life, including our own, was made possible.
An informal poll of Groton Senior Center diners at a table asked if any had read this news. A retired educator said he had put the news clippings in his Bible. Wow! School physics dealt with the nature of matter such as atomic particles but nothing about sticking together forming mass.
Religious creeds attributed creation of Earth and universe to God but said nothing about how this was done. Science and religion were each deemed to be true, but had different approaches. Their proponents could not until now symbolically shake hands together.