You are here

Review: Origins of Life

Origins of Life: Biblical and Evolution Models Face Off
The standing of evolutionary biology is independent of the origin of life. This has been true from the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species in 1859. In that work, Darwin allotted less than a page toward the end of 670 pages of text to the question. The last two sentences of the sixth edition read:
Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross
Colorado Springs (CO): NavPress, 2004. 298 pages


Lazcano A, Miller SL. 1994. How long did it take for life to begin and evolve to cyanobacteria? Journal of Molecular Evolution 39 (6): 546-54.

Lazcano A, Miller SL. 1996. The origin and early evolution of life: Prebiotic chemistry, the pre-RNA world, and time. Cell 85: 793-8.

Moreland JP, editor. 1994. The Creation Hypothesis: Scientific Evidence for the Intelligent Designer. Downers Grove (IL): InterVarsity Press.

Numbers RL. 1993. The Creationists: The Evolution of Scientific Creationism. Berkeley (CA): University of California Press.

Orgel L. 1973. The Origins of Life: Molecules and Natural Selection. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Pavlov A, Kasting JK, Eigenbrode JL, Freeman KH. 2001. Organic haze in Earth's early atmosphere: Source of low-13C Late Archean kerogens? Geology 29 (11): 1003-6.

Rosing TM. 1999. 13C-depleted carbon microparticles in >3700-Ma sea-floor sedimentary rocks from west Greenland. Science 283 (5402): 674-6.

Shapiro R. 1986. Origins: A Skeptics Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth. New York: Summit Books.

Scott EC. 2005. Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction. Berkeley (CA): University of California Press.

Thaxton CB, Bradley WL, Olsen RL. 1984. The Mystery of Life's Origin. New York: Philosophical Library.

Woese C. 1998. The universal ancestor. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 95 (12): 6854-9.

Woese C. 2002. On the evolution of cells. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 99 (13): 8742-7.

Gary S Hurd
About the Author(s): 
Gary S Hurd
c/o NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477

Gary S Hurd is a scientist with interests in anthropology, archaeology, and forensic taphonomy; he was formerly Curator of Anthropology and Director of Education for the Orange County (California) Natural History Museum. His contribution to Why Intelligent Design Fails (New Brunswick [NJ]: Rutgers University Press, 2004), edited by Matt Young and Taner Edis, was cited in the Kitzmiller decision.

This version might differ slightly from the print publication.


Subscribe to Old Earth Creationism