The Higgs boson is perhaps better known by its sexier nickname: the "God particle."
But in fact, many scientists, including the physicist for whom it is named, dislike the term.
In 1993 when American physicist Leon Lederman was writing a book on the Higgs boson, he dubbed it "the goddamn particle." An editor suggested "the God particle" instead.
One thing is clear: The July 4 discovery that marked a new chapter in scientific knowledge also reignited debate over the universe’s origins -- and the validity of religious faith as scientific knowledge expands.
The Higgs boson explains why particles have mass -- and in turn why we exist. Without the boson, the universe would have no physical matter, only energy.
The cosmological implications are hotly debated. Can God fit in a scientific story of creation?
Read more: http://www.religionnews.com/culture/science/god-particle-discovery-ignites-debate-over-science-and-religion
To watch a video of well-known physicist Deepak Chopra's thoughts on the discovery of the "God particle": http://news.iskcon.com/node/4527