So, the Large Hadron Collider was turned on, and unsurprisingly, the Earth has survived. At least, according to this helpful site, the world is still here:
Good to know!
I have to wonder though about some people’s comments regarding the tests that will be performed using the LHC. One commenter on the news.au.com article linked above stated “hopefully this thing will show that god does NOT exist!” It’s his/her right to hold that opinion of (s)he wants to, but I think the idea that God could be disproved by any experiment such as this is a bit misguided.
As far as I can see, the experiments that will be run can tell us a lot about the conditions at the earliest moments of the Big Bang. But they cannot tell us anything about what precipitated the Big Bang. How can we, as members of the universe created by said Big Bang, living within its confines & limitations of time and space and matter, discover what lies beyond time and space and matter?
The results of the studies will no doubt be very interesting, but I don’t think we should look to them for proof or disproof of God’s existence.