How Big Is Your Infinite?

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A Christian Science perspective: Recent news of the possibility of scientists' discovery of the subatomic particle Higgs boson, also known as the 'God particle,' evokes fresh thought about what makes up our world.

One Father's Day I wrote my dad a poem. I wanted to express how much he had opened the breadth of my awareness and my appreciation for life. But I wasn't quite sure how to capture it.

Then I remembered a question posed once by a Sunday School teacher: "How big is your infinite?" she had asked. This provocative question became the entree to my poem of appreciation for the person who had taught me to fish, to appreciate other cultures, and to travel - locally and abroad - with a sense of wonder.

Even more than that, though, he taught me to actively explore my questions about the reality of life itself by turning to the spiritual.

"Turning to the spiritual" has different meanings for different people. No doubt, however, our various meanings always start with a Higher Power. Perhaps we could even say the Father-Mother of the infinite, whom I was taught to call God.

"God is Love," wrote the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, echoing the biblical declaration. "More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 6).

Thinking about the infinitude of a Higher Power, or divine Love, we may be enticed to revisit what we've learned about our universe. Over the last few years alone, new discoveries have been made that have expanded our knowledge about the vastness of life beyond our original concepts.

For example, a NASA photograph of the Tadpole Galaxy shows the result of two galaxies colliding. Around the newly formed mega galaxy, including its newly formed "tail," are thousands of what appear to be stars. It was pointed out to me that each "star" is actually another galaxy. And each galaxy, like our own Milky Way, has roughly 100 billion stars. What awe such a realization can inspire!

Very recently, the tentative discovery of the Higgs boson represents a potential milestone in the exploration of nature. …