The Triune Nature of Particle Physics

quarksThis is a thought I have had for a few years. It actually occurred to me while driving with my wife (at the time we were dating) on a day trip to a place in nature she surprised me with north of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Without listing all of the Scriptures, Christians clearly believe that God created the heavens and the earth. Christians also believe that God exists as a Trinity, one God in three persons. It seems to reason that a Triune God might take a little pleasure in weaving His very nature into the very fabric of the universe, and in particular, our planet. And, assuming He chose to do so, this might in fact serve as scientific evidence (I did not say ‘proof’, there is a big difference) that the God of Christianity, the Triune God, is both real and the one true God.

Currently scientists know of 118 elements (90 or so natural, the remaining synthetic) from which all matter on our planet is comprised. Each element is comprised of atoms. Thus, all matter, composed of elements, is consists of atoms.

Here is where it gets interesting. Every atom is comprised of neutrons, protons, and electrons. These are referred to as sub-atomic particles. In other words, on a sub-atomic level, there exists a trinity, three basic types of building blocks that comprise each atom. The number of neutrons, protons, and electrons may differ from atom to atom, but on a general level, there is a trinity.

But God’s triune nature does not stop here. On a sub-sub atomic level, protons and neutrons are comprised of quarks. Quarks are the fundamental constituents of matter and come in six flavors (up, down, charm, strange, top, bottom). The neutron is comprised of three quarks, two ‘Down’ and one ‘Up’. Protons are also comprised of three quarks, two ‘Up’ and one ‘Down’. In other words, at the fundamental level of all physical reality (the word ‘physical’ being used loosely at this point), you find another trinity. No matter how far you pull back the curtain and look, you find, even at a fundamental level, a trinity. It is inescapable. Three is built into the structural fabric of the universe.

Our physical universe seems to be comprised of trinities stacked one upon another.

Now, let me be clear, I am not scientist. Let me also add that I do not believe this ‘proves’ God’s existence with absolute certainty as you get with a priori, deductively flavored arguments. But I will say this: The triune nature of particle physics gives the impression that some type of being just might have put His nature into the fundamental structure of the universe, and seeing that Christianity is the only religion that espouses a Triune God, one does not go amiss to consider that just maybe, the Christian God is both real and the one true God.


Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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