This is my first post on the BioLogos forum so I’m hoping the topic is pertinent to the category and produces some good discussion.
I was discussing evolution and origins with someone who holds anti-evolutionary views and one of the issues that was brought up was the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB) and how it falsifies abiogenesis. His position was that since the surface of Earth was sterilized during the LHB then abiogenesis would have most likely occurred in underground hydrothermal vents which would have led to thermophilic organisms and not photosynthetic organisms. Since the life wasn’t photosynthetic, and we have strong evidence to indicate that photosynthesis was occurring since 3.7 billion years ago then this doesn’t allow enough time for the evolution of thermophilic organisms to photosynthetic organisms. Therefore, the best explanation is special creation.
I think the appeal to a God of the Gaps argument is apparent in his argument but I did find the content interesting enough for me to continue to research. Are there any sources that discuss this in depth that would be easy for a layman to grasp? Any refutations?