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What Is the "God Particle"? And Why Is It Important?

07/16/2012 Comments (10)

Computer simulation of a Higgs boson event

Scientists are abuzz with word that the long-sought "God particle" (aka the Higgs boson) may have finally been discovered.

While most scientists don't like the nickname "God particle" (and while many religious people might not neither), it's certainly generated a lot of coverage in the media.

Because of the God-based nickname the particle has been given, the discovery of the Higgs has attracted a lot of press attention, and I've received quite a number of requests to comment on it.


What is the Higgs boson? Why is it important?
And why do they call it the "God particle"?

In this video, I take a look at these and similar questions to give you the basics of the new discovery and what to make of it from a religious perspective.

Before we get to the video, though, here's a Higgs-related joke (adapted from one I read on the Internet):

A Higgs boson walks into a church. The priest, offended by its nickname of the "God particle," immediately orders it out.

The Higgs shrugs and turns to leave. "Okay," it says. "But without me, you can't have Mass."


At least if you know the basics of what the Higgs boson is supposed to do.

If not, watch the video and find out!

By the way, several of the requests I got for comment came from members of the Secret Information Club. If you'd like to get cool, informative material on a variety of topics from me by email, you should sign up at If you have any difficulty, just email me at

What do you think about the "God particle" and what its reported discovery may mean?

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About Jimmy Akin

Jimmy Akin
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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."