The Moscow Patriarchate has congratulated scientists on
the possible discovery of the Higgs boson, or "God
"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
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 Universe.
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.