Rapid Response: “We Don’t Need God to Explain the Origin of Life”
by J Warner Wallace
In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. Imagine if someone said, “Christians believe God created all the life here on earth, but science has a better explanation for the origin of life.” How would you respond to such a statement? Here is a conversational example of how I recently replied:
“The origin of life is a critical question and an important piece of evidence in our universe. When detectives attempt to answer such a question, we typically try to ask the same kinds of questions one might ask when writing a good essay: the What, Where, When, Why, and How questions. If you ask those same questions about the origin of life, you begin to see the problem with the naturalistic scientific answers from those who attempt to explain the origin of life without invoking God.
For example, if you ask, ‘Where did life originate?’ you’ll see just how divided and unequipped the scientific community is to answer that question. Historically, some have tried to locate the origin of life in the oceans, while others have attempted to locate it on land (on clay surfaces or shallow pockets of water. Others have argued it originated in the atmosphere or under the tectonic plates or near deep sea vents. These scientists typically disagree with one another when offering these locations, primarily because each explanation suffers from a critical flaw or deficiency…
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