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The first life: What did it look like? When did it appear? How did it get here?
Imagine primordial earth, a churning cauldron of liquefied rock. Steaming, seething—a vast desolate wasteland, inhospitable to life. Yet somehow first life appeared. Maybe chemicals in a primordial soup spontaneously spawned a single-celled creature that continued to evolve.
Or perhaps a transcendent Creator formed and nurtured the initial life forms.
To determine what really happened requires a framework to evaluate the evidence. For the first time in print, Dr. Rana and Dr. Ross present a scientific model for the creation of the first life on Earth—a model based on the Bible. They present testable predictions for this life-origins scenario and for the competing naturalistic scenarios. Which model withstands the rigorous scrutiny of science and the tests of time? The one that does give insight to a deeper question: Why would the first life forms precede human life by billions of years?
“This book is about the origin of life—the first appearances of living organisms on Earth. We address such questions as: What was first life like? When did it appear on Earth? How did it get here?” (Page 17)
“How could random physical and chemical events yield the amazingly elegant, highly integrated biochemical systems found inside living cells?” (Page 13)
“In other words, for life to emerge, its biochemical systems must come into existence all at once, not step by step.” (Page 14)
“What if supernatural activity can be detected? What if such explanations fall within science’s domain and lead to scientific advance?” (Page 32)
Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross have provided a thorough and devastating analysis of all naturalistic attempts to explain the origin of life.
—Phillip E. Johnson, author, Darwin on Trial
Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross’s critique of materialistic theories for the origin of life is so thorough and balanced that one wonders if materialists might be holding on to their Swiss-cheese hypotheses for reasons other than scientific ones.
—Michael J. Behe, professor of biological science, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Hugh Ross earned a B.Sc. in physics from the University of British Columbia and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Toronto. For several years he continued his research on quasars and galaxies as a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. For eleven years he served as minister of evangelism at Sierra Madre Congregational Church.
Today he directs the efforts of Reasons to Believe, an institute founded to research and proclaim the factual basis for faith in God and his Word, the Bible. He also hosts a weekly television program called “Reasons to Believe” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and a weekly live call-in radio program on several stations throughout the United States. Over the years, Dr. Ross has given hundreds of lectures, seminars, and courses, both in the United States and abroad, on Christian apologetics.
He lives in southern California with his wife, Kathy, and sons, Joel and David.