Jesuit Astronomer on Science and Religion in The Washington Post

Jesuit Brother Guy ConsolmagnoJesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, a researcher and spokesman at the Vatican Observatory, recently shared his thoughts on science and religion on The Washington Post’s blog.

With news about the Higgs boson particle, the so-called “God Particle,” that’s helping scientists understand how the universe was built, Br. Consolmagno says he’s explained multiple times that “No, the God Particle has nothing to do with God…”

Although not a particle physicist, Br. Consolmagno is often interviewed because of his role as a Vatican astronomer. He says some are surprised to hear that the Vatican supports an astronomical observatory, but that science and religion complement each other:

But the real reason we do science is in fact related to the reason why so many people ask us about things like the God Particle. The disciplines of science and religion complement each other in practical ways. For example, both are involved in describing things that are beyond human language and so must speak in metaphors. Not only is the ‘God Particle’ not a piece of God, it is also not really a ‘particle’ in the sense that a speck of dust is a particle. In both cases we use familiar images to try to illustrate an entity of great importance but whose reality is beyond our power to describe literally.

Read more of Br. Consolmagno’s commentary on the Higgs boson discovery on Catholic News Service and Catholic News Agency.

One Response to “Jesuit Astronomer on Science and Religion in The Washington Post”

  • I rather like the god particle designation of Higgs boson.. This infinitely humble almost self effacing piece of creation is nonetheless critical to the existence of mass and hence the material universe. How great a sign of spirit the world, universally accessible, humble and servant. The least shall be greatest, god particle says something I can relate to and marvel at the creator,s serendipity and surprising scientific yet poetic genius..:)