I have read the topic “How did life begin?” and was struck by the inconsistency found in there.
No one is able to provide a scientifically defensibly explanation for how life spontaneously sprung up from life-less materials via random chemical / physical processes.
Yet there is this very definitive statement at the end: “it is clear that life did emerge, and the first life forms were single-celled organisms that…”. The question that immediately arises, given the preceding statement, is How does anyone know in a scientifically defensible way or in actual FACT that life arrived here on earth as a single-celled organism, fully equipped with the ability to replicate ???
Now in this article the author goes on about how information can arise from random processes. The unfortunate thing is that he does not then go on to show how that random “information” from completely unguided, unintelligent random chemical events can lead to highly specified and ordered CODE and decoding mechanisms. What he needs to bridge is the gap between the random events and random assembly which he proposes to the level required for working INTELLIGENT systems. To put it in another way - how would his 20 year old program (created by an INTELLIGENT agent by the way, unlike the total lack of intelligence proposed for life to start) have “evolved” itself into the new windows 10 operating system - including the communications ability to form the internet resident cloud, all by itself with no other intelligence involved. That is the kind of level of progress we’re talking about between the lifeless inorganic material and the supposedly first living cell. That very same kind of information and intelligence chasm looms just as large for any further “evolution” from a single celled organism to the complex lifeforms we see today.
Outside of Genesis 1 in the bible, there just isn’t any plausible, coherent and logical explanation for the appearance and physical FORM of life here on earth. If one rejects that explanation in favour of the evolutionary paradigm - as Biologians do -, one will forever have deeeeeeeep faith in the abilities of secular scientists to come up with a suitable explanation. A faith that is utterly doomed to failure based on simple to understand physical, chemical and biological principles.