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The God factor

So now they’ve discovered the particle that makes the Universe tic. Does this mean we’re one step closer to proving the existence of God? Probably not. While the scientists can go back to their decades-long research into dark matter and other worthy challenges, the rest of us can wonder what all the fuss was about.

The World’s longest running debate has been between science and religion, with either side attempting to prove or disprove the vexing question of faith. The secularists have produced many gifted intellectuals, among them Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, who have used their considerable talents to deny, counter and ridicule the opposition. Recently, the late Hitchens took the stand in a live televised debate, defending atheism against that stalwart of modern politics, and recent convert to Catholicism – Tony Blair.

The idea of grown men arguing about God seems faintly ridiculous. But science, it would seem, has the upper hand, having rigorously disproved Creation with the rather more compelling evidence of Evolution. If you want to believe that the World was created 6,00 years ago, say the scientists, go ahead, but don’t come bleating to us about it.

Science is the smug kid in the classroom who knows all the answers. Having demystified the Universe and uncovered all its secrets, it slinks off to resume the study of dark matter in far-flung laboratories around the globe. Where does that leave religion, that creaking monolith, stalking the twenty-first century from the Dark Ages? One would have thought that in this enlightened age, people would have seen through the cant and the hypocrisy, and shut the door on this insidious imposter forever. But where there’s a demand …

On the subject of faith, overwhelming evidence to the contrary matters not one iota. The man who claims to have found God, is as secure in his belief as the scientist is quick to discredit him. He has found something, quite simply, that no man can take away from him. And that is a fact that science will have to accept, albeit begrudgingly. Religion, in all its many varied forms, reprehensible thought it may seem to the secularists and rationalists among us, is here to stay, at least for the forseeable future.

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