While with religion and faith being one of

While this seems to be a crucial part of the arts, it is also applicable to many other areas in our lives, with religion and faith being one of them. When beginning to have faith in any given religion, the ideas are abstract and essentially invisible, and it is not until these ideas are explained, and sustained, that people begin to say what they believe in is real. This is similar to a theatrical experience, as audience’s disbelief is never immediately suspended, it takes time. In this sense, suspension of disbelief becomes an essential element of faith, and when faith is defined as believing in something that has tangible proof, this becomes very clear. That is the nature of religion, creating hesitant belief without offering concrete proof. Similar to how we read and watch things as a form of escape, religion often acts as a way for people to escape, and explain their worlds – two things that would be impossible without the suspension of disbelief. Francis S. Collins, a world famous geneticist, converted Christian from Atheism. Collins had lived his entire life as an atheist, never believing anything he heard about Christian Faith, and further attempting to disprove the theory of creation with genetic research. It was not until he was exposed to literature that he realized “my arguments against faith were those of a schoolboy” and “fell on my knees and accepted this truth – that God is God, that Christ is his son and that I am giving my life to that belief”. It took physical evidence and time to allow him to suspend his disbelief, and convert himself into the religion. The essence of scientific advancement is that ideas are put forward and theorized before they can be tested and possibly proven. This indicates that in order to advance in any form past current ideas, suspension of disbelief is necessary. In order to find something new, you have to first believe in it’s plausibility, with no certainty in it’s truth. There is a somewhat recent example in the field of particle physics that relates quite closely with this idea. The Higgs Boson particle, recently brought into circulation, was discovered solely on the basis of imagination. This particle, which is now the explanation for all physical forces, was described as being “The only particle predicted by the standard model of physics that hasn’t yet been observed” (Hank Green). Even before the particle was discovered, it was referred to as “famous,” suggesting that many people already believed in its existence, with absolutely no proof.