Origin of Life

by Josh Mitchell

Yesterday I was reading one of Sean McDowell’s many books, “Is God Just a Human Invention.”

What stood out in this book was Chapter 6,  “How Did Life Begin?”

In this section,  the book talks about the question “Could life have begun by chance?”

Below are some probabilistic hurdles to this question that the book mentions.  I find the three listed below intriguing.  Check it out!

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Geneticist Michael Denton says “The smallest bacterial cell is made up altogether of 100 thousand million atoms.”

John Lennox says “A typical cell has roughly 100 million proteins of  20,000 different types”

So, the question would be, how could a mindless material process spawn a system of such dizzying intricacy and sophistication?

Could Life Have Begun by Chance?

Richard Dawkins, who is a very prominent atheist admits that the existence of life is deeply improbable, but he credits chance (luck) as a sufficient explanation.

While it may seem intuitively possible for life to emerge by chance, especially given the size of the universe, the task is much more difficult than it may seem.

Let’s consider some of the many probabilistic hurdles that must be overcome for a single functional protein to arise by chance alone…

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