On Tuesday, 24 March 2009 an interesting article featured on the BBC News Magazine web site. What appeared to be a small and mundane little article might actually be the beginnings of a spiritual revolution. A revolution that could be started not by one of the named religions but rather from an area of science that has had little or no public exposure, the field of Quantum physics.
French physicist Bernard d'Espagnat was awarded the Templeton Prize for contributions to "affirming life's spiritual dimension" So how can the work of one scientist herald the beginnings of a spiritual evolution? As the article states the filed of quantum physics has been hugely successful with its predictions of the behaviour of sub atomic particles. The field is also in the process of trying to prove the existence of, what has become known as the Higgs Boson or (God particle) utilising the scientific capabilities of the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN Institute in Geneva Switzerland. The potential discovery of the Higgs Boson (God Particle) is significant because it could bring scientist to closer to discovering the origins and subsequent early evolution of the universe. To explain in a more simple way, the Higgs Boson or God particle can be defined as the creative life force present throughout the entire universe. So if science can provide clear proof that a creative force exists within the universe then this may offer proof that God exists?
So what we could be looking at is the proof of origin and the power that lies at the heart of origin, the power of creation, and humanity gave name to this force by calling it God. We have to keep in mind that when the idea first surfaced about the existence of a single God or force, humanity did not have the knowledge or scientific instrumentation to define this idea clearly, so our human ancestors can be forgiven for associating mythology and abstract definitions to what is essentially the creative force that is inherently present in all living things.
So does this change or challenge our perceptions of what God actually is or what God actually means? Perhaps we can begin asking ourselves a rather obvious question, instead of asking ‘who is God?’ we can start to ask ‘what is God?’ When we begin to ask the question ‘what is God’ we must consider the relevance of that creative force within our own lives. If that creative force exists within all living things within the universe then does that force therefore resides within us all?
If the field of Quantum physics is on the cusp of discovering a particle that may define the life force and origins within the universe then surely they will discover that one universal constant that life cannot avoid and that is, evolution. And if evolution is a universal constant driven by the dynamics of this creative force then perhaps it will shine the spot light back onto humanity and clearly state that the purpose of human life is to evolve.