Christianity, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry

Some really smart people, from Charles Darwin to scientists today, believe in abiogenesis. A “primordial soup” of chemicals led to life as we know it. But is this really the case?

Abiogenesis: Before life began, assuming that we’ve got some of the building blocks needed for life – what’s the next step in chemical evolution we’d need to turn them into something actually living? This video has been produced in collaboration with and reviewed for scientific accuracy by a panel of PhD scientists in the relevant fields.

Charles Darwin and some modern scientists think that life started all on its own, it sort of just…happened, spontaneously. It’s called chemical evolution (aka Abiogenesis). They say it started with chemicals forming building blocks, and then combining into polymers like DNA and RNA.

Could life have started from simply natural processes? Little bit of chemistry here, a dash of physics there — a LOT of time… and boom! We’ve got the beginning of life, abiogenesis…right? We’ve already detailed a number of serious issues with abiogenesis (chemical evolution) in previous videos, but we’ll just assume that all of the scientific challenges mentioned in all these prior videos have been vaporized…

Defining things is hard and when it comes to defining “life”… it’s not much easier. But at minimum, we’re pretty sure that to get to where we are today, life needed to replicate. Every known cell, including all the cells in your body, came about through replication of a preceding cell, but cellular replication is waaaay too complicated. When scientists talk about how the first forms of life replicated, they have to think simpler, far simpler. Like at the molecular level (DNA). All living things have DNA and have to copy it in order to reproduce. Problem is, copying the DNA molecule is also difficult, why start there? Let’s go even simpler! Scientists figure that RNA is a better candidate for the first replicating molecule. RNA is also found in all of life and is likewise capable of storing the instructions needed to build things, and it’s a bit simpler than DNA. So, in 1962 MIT professor Alexander Rich first put forth the “RNA world” hypothesis that all of life we see in the world today started from RNA…

Dr. Tour is one of the world’s top synthetic organic chemists. He has authored 680 scientific publications and holds more than 120 patents (here is a partial list). In 2014, Thomson Reuters named him one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” and in 2018 Clarivate Analytics recognized him as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers. Tour is also fearless. He joined more than a thousand other scientists in signing the “Scientific Dissent from Darwinism.” More recently, he has become a thorn in the side of the origin of life research community, offering blunt assessments of the current state of origin of life research.

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