PROBLEMS WITH CHEMICAL ORIGINS OF LIFE THEORIES
Based on talks at the University of South Carolina, 16 April 93 and 3 April 95
Copyright 1998 by Emerson Thomas McMullen
The ultimate question concerning the origin of life is whether it happened naturalistically or as the result of a creator. In the twentieth century, A.I. Oparin and J.B.S. Haldane supplied a theoretical basis for the naturalistic origin of life. The supposed experimental evidence, the Miller experiment dominated discussions for decades, but has many weaknesses. One problem for all naturalistic explanations is the source of the information in DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Whatever the proposed pathway, mathematical calculations indicate that it is impossible for life to occur naturalistically. The best explanation for the origin of life, as well as its detailed genetic information stored in complex molecules, is a creator.