I recently read Origins of Life by Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross (2014). Both authors are research scientists - Rana a biochemist, Ross an astrophysicist. In this book, FR and HR undertake a comprehensive review of the research dedicated to uncovering the beginnings of life on Earth.
Both authors belong to Reasons to Believe (RTB), a Christian interdenominational organization dedicated to providing research and instruction on how the words of the Bible harmonize with the current findings of scientific research. As expected, the authors arrive at the conclusion that life on Earth began as the handiwork of a Creator. What makes their work different from others I’ve read along these lines is the detailed explanations, in scientific terms, of the most current research. They dissect the many competing theories of a naturalistic beginning of life on Earth, and provide analysis of the conclusions of each of the theories.
If you’re a believer in Creationism or intelligent design, you might want to read this book to see how the “other side” thinks. If you’re a believer in naturalistic beginnings for life on Earth, you might want to read this book to see how the “other side” thinks. If you’re undecided about what you believe about the beginnings of life on Earth, you might want to read this book to see how both sides think. If you’re ambivalent about the subject of the origins of life, don’t read this book.
I’m glad I did.
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