The Origin of Life

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The Origin of Life

When considering the many theories involving “How life began” You must

not consider a few main theories but a few main theory groups. Because

there are literally hundreds of theories on this subject which can be

grouped in to three main categories and then in to various sub


1) Creation science

This consists of about twelve theories that are based on the book

Genesis all slightly varying in their interpretation. These can be

split into two main groups, New and Old earth creationists.

à New earth creationists believe that god created the earth its life

forms and the universe less than a thousand years ago. They also

believe the world was created within six days

à Old earth creationists believe that the world is billions of years

old they disagree with the new earth creationists because scientific

evidence shows that the earth is considerably older than ten thousand

years. Although they follow science on the earths age they believe

that the earth was created as described in genesis. However they

believe that the six days creation described in the bible in fact was

stretched over a large period of time.

Creation science is of course all based around Christianity there are

of course many other religions which in turn all have their own

creation beliefs.

2) Scientific views

This as the name suggests is the belief that life originated by a

number of scientific processes and there was no input from a god of

any kind at all. These theories agree on a few simple things the

universe is 15 billion years old and the earth is 4.5 billion years

old. Then...

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couple of days of each other, amoebas and mammals were only created

two days apart. They also believe that this all happened in about 4000


Therefore the main arguments against creation science are firstly that

life began billions of years ago not around 6000 years ago. Secondly

that it then took billions of years more for mammals to evolve not the

few days that were described in the bible.

Therefore the story of creation according to genesis is widely

discredited by scientists.

Personally as a scientist I believe that life was created by chemical

means as proven by Miller. However I do not believe that this was a

totally scientific process I think that it was someway controlled or

perfectly arranged by a divine influence.

So overall I would place myself in the theistic evolution category.
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