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Spontaneous generation is the early evolutionary idea that living organisms arise from non-living matter on their own, (i.e., with no outside influence) by natural causes alone. It is synonymous with abiogenesis.
The proofs for spontaneous generation were that flies arose spontaneously from rotting meat and that microbes arose spontaneously from soup. Creation scientist Francesco Redi provided the refutation of flies from meat; fellow creationists Lazzaro Spallanzani and Louis Pasteur proved that microbes do not arise spontaneously from soup. Regarding his spontaneous generation experiments and the results he obtained Pasteur stated: "La génération spontanée est une chimère" ("Spontaneous generation is a dream"). A central tenet in biology today is now 'Omne vivum ex vivo', Latin for "all life [is] from life." A related statement is Omnis cellula e cellula, "all cells [are] from cells;".
While Pasteur was convinced that his research had once and for all killed the myth of spontaneous generation, the myth survived him and is now a very prominent presupposed philosophical assumption held by many evolutionary scientists, they simply changed the name to abiogenesis. This can be witnessed by the oxford dictionaries definition of abiogenesis- 'technical term for spontaneous generation.'