Athiest Position on Abiogenesis
I like to think of myself as a freethinker. That being said, I am not a professed Christian, nor for that matter, an athiest. This brings me to my discussion point, namely, that of abiogenesis. According to Christians, all living things, in addition to that which is non-living, were created by God. Those who subscribe to Darwin's theory of evolution believe that living things came to be as a result of a very lengthy and very subtle series of evolutionary changes. For those not familiar with the term, abiogenesis refers to "the supposed spontaneous origination of living organisms directly from lifeless matter" (Merriam Webster Online Dictionary). Evolution, in theory, can trace life back to that first single celled organism that would essentially be the "father" or "mother," if you would, of us all. However, that begs the question of the origin of that particular "father" cell. It would have had to sprung forth from lifeless matter, hence the notion of abiogenesis. I am curious as to the explanation that athiest offer regarding this notion. It is quite a logical leap, dare I say a leap of faith, that is required to be a thorough going adherent to the evolutionist perspective. One must believe that life spontaneously arose from lifeless matter. Any and all comments will be appreciated. Like I mentioned earlier in my disclaimer, I consider myself to be neither an athiest or a Christian, but merely a seeker of knowledge that has yet enough information or experience to unequivocally commit myself to any position.