Why isn't new life still being generated today? (Talk.Origins)
Abiogenesis assumes life was created by processes still operating today, so new life should still be appearing today.
- Morris, Henry M. 1985. Scientific Creationism. Green Forest, AR: Master Books, pg. 46.
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1. Conditions today are different from conditions in the past in two important ways: First, there was little or no molecular oxygen in the atmosphere or oceans when life first appeared. Free oxygen is reactive and would likely have interfered with the formation of complex organic molecules. More importantly, there was no life around before life appeared. The life that is around today would scavenge and eat any complex molecules before they could turn into anything approaching new life.
Morris said that because abiogenesis assumes life was created by processes still operating today, it naturally predicts that new life should still be appearing today. He then goes on to point out that because abiogenesis is not observed today, the theory requires the secondary assumption that “conditions today are different from conditions in the past.”