God explains the appearance of life

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Parent debateThis argument is used in the debate Does God exist?.
Keywords: Teleological argument, God, Life[ edit ].


We know that life exists, but we don't know how to explain the transition from inert to living. We have never been able to reconstitute such a transition in the laboratory. What's more, the biological combinations required for life to emerge successfully from the "primordial soup" are highly complex and highly improbable. Cf. Fred Hoyle


“Did you know that science still can't explain or even define what life is, what its essence is, or where it comes from? What is it that "breathes" life into our cells, and where does life go when it "leaves" our bodies for good? Life is a given. We're forced to admit it, and everyone agrees. Given by whom?”


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Arguments againstObjections

  • Argument againstThere are a very large number of planets suitable for life
  • Argument againstThe existence of life is explained by random physico-chemical mechanisms
  • Argument againstThe hypothesis of a God is even more improbable than that of the appearance of life.
  • Argument againstThere are good reasons to believe that the appearance of life will be explained

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