Bookie Drops Odds on God's Existence to 4-1

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2008 6:39 PM CST
Theists are betting on 4-1 odds that the Large Hadron Collider will identify the so-called "God particle."   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – The odds are getting better that Nietzsche was not only crazy, but wrong, the Telegraph reports. An Irish bookmaker has lowered the odds on finding proof of God's existence to 4-1, after atheist ads on London buses sparked a flurry of pro-God betting. The bookie, Paddy Power, began taking the bets last year in hope that the Large Hadron Collider would identify the hard-to-find "God particle."

Initial odds were 20-1, then rose to 33-1 when scientists delayed the atom-smashing project for 6 months. Paddy Power stands to lose nearly $80,000 in the wager, but reminds betters that God's existence must be scientifically proven before money is handed out. It also warns against the recent pro-God momentum, advising "anyone still not sure of God's existence to maybe hedge their bets for now, just in case."