Sunday, June 29, 2008

Atom Smasher

Here is an idea for a current event: What the heck is an "atom smasher" and why should Christians care?

The short of it is that it will study the earliest moments of the universe, giving scientists new insights into an era that until now has been largely limited by our technological capabilities.

Of course, rather than reporting the rather exciting nature of this grand opening, the media is focusing on a rather obscure objection based on very little data. I have tried to extract the best part of the article on this topic.

Scientists: Nothing to fear from atom-smasher

The most powerful atom-smasher ever built could make some bizarre discoveries, such as invisible matter or extra dimensions in space, after it is switched on in August...

The machine, which has been called the largest scientific experiment in history, isn't expected to begin test runs until August, and ramping up to full power could take months. But once it is working, it is expected to produce some startling findings.

Scientists plan to hunt for signs of the invisible "dark matter" and "dark energy" that make up more than 96% of the universe, and hope to glimpse the elusive Higgs boson, a so-far undiscovered particle thought to give matter its mass.

The collider could find evidence of extra dimensions, a boon for superstring theory, which holds that quarks, the particles that make up atoms, are infinitesimal vibrating strings.

The theory could resolve many of physics' unanswered questions, but requires about 10 dimensions — far more than the three spatial dimensions our senses experience.

Ok, so why should Christians care about the "atom smasher"? Because it could fill out some of the details behind the Bible's statement, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen. 1:1). By studying the first moments of the universe, this new machine has the potential to give us exciting new evidence into the supernatural design and origin of the universe.

Although some Christians may feel nervous about discussions about string theory, the big bang, and other dimensions, I personally believe such concerns are unwarranted. After all, if we truly believe God is the Creator of the universe, then whatever scientists discover will be consistent with what the Bible says.

Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing what kinds of new research develops over the course of the next decade from this new machine.

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