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Stanley Miller

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Stanley Miller was a chemist who was very well known in the scientific community for his 1953 experiment on the origin of life completed with Harold Urey. Although this experiment failed, some consider it proof that life has been created by man. He was born in California, and went to college in Chicago. He wrote a book called The Origins of Life and taught at many large Universities in California and Chicago[1]. The experiment(commonly called the Miller-Urey experiment) gave him fame within the evolutionist side of chemists, although he did not receive the Nobel prize. From the truths of creation, this experiment is a widely known failure of man to produce life. This experiment showed that even with the hypothetical conditions of ancient earth, actual life, not an assortment of amino acids, could not be created.


University of Chicago where Miller completed his experiment

Stanley Miller was a well known chemist born in Oakland, California on March 7th, 1930. His most notable contribution to chemistry came in 1953 as a young graduate student at the University of Chicago. Working with Harold Urey, the two attempted to create life under conditions which they thought early Earth would be like millions of years ago. In a matter of weeks after the experiment, 13 amino acids were produced. Although none of these amino acids were proof of life, only building blocks for proteins, they and other evolutionists believe that it proves life can be created. No one has followed Miller's work in proving that these proteins produced from the amino acids can be made into living things. Later on he wrote a book called "The Origin of Life" about his workings in the experiment. He did not receive a Nobel prize for the experiment and was not recognized with any awards for his part in the experiment. After the experiment in 1953 he moved on to teach at universities like the University of Chicago, University of California at Berkeley, and the University of San Diego. Miller died of heart failure on May 20th, 2007 in National City, California, and was a teacher at San Diego university when he died. Overall, his efforts in 1953 were considered a failure but evolutionists still use it as a reference for proof that man can create life.[1]

Miller-Urey Experiment

Layout of the experiment performed in 1953

Stanley Miller is best known for his experiment in 1953 where himself and Harold Urey both attempted to replicate their belief of what early Earth's environment was like. Once they did this using hydrogen, methane, ammonia, and water in a circle of sterile tubes connected to flasks, they tested the end product for signs of chemicals that they could somehow connect to their belief of life being created without a Creator[2]. When they tested for these chemicals, they found some amino acids had formed, and considered it proof that life could be created and exist without a Creator, even though none of these amino acids could build or sustain life in anyway. 20 amino acids were formed, along with sugars and liquids. Just because this very controversial experiment yielded some product, Miller took it as proof that life was very capable of happening during the early years of Earth. Not only has this experiment been proven false in many ways, as Earth's atmosphere was not correctly represented, but it did not even yield definitive results. With so many controversial and incorrect factors, it is hard to take this experiment seriously. Even within these incorrect conditions, Miller and Urey still produced nothing that could build life or start it in any way. In the years since the experiment many well qualified scientists have shown that in the real atmospheric conditions of Earth, it is virtually impossible to produce life. Even those this experiment has been disproved multiple times, evolutionists still use it as proof to get their point across. The fact that evolutionists hold this dis-proven experiment in such high regards shows how little real evidence they have to go on[3].

The Christian perspective on this attempt to create artificial life is that it cannot be done. The closest scientists have come in the last 50 years to creating life is they have disassembled parts of already created life and put them back together again. The Miller-Urey experiment showed that both then and now scientists still cannot create even the smallest living thing. Surprisingly people tend to believe that these two created life in the lab that day in 1953, when in reality they presented no proof of created life whatsoever and this should considered and known as a failed experiment. Even now with our advanced technology and multiple attempts by scientists, there is still no human that has created life. The fact that we cannot create the smallest parts of life with our advanced technology shows massive evidence of a creator. Creation by God is simply too complicated for man to understand and produce and we will never create life that can sustain itself on Earth[4]. Not only is this scientifically proven wrong, but also in the Bible it says that God created the heavens and the Earth, and that no man can be like God. In other words, God is perfect in all things and no matter what technology we possess, the perfect balance needed for survival of life is impossible to achieve.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Stanley Miller, Accessed May 18, 2011
  2. Miller-Urey Experiment Wikipedia, Accessed May 18th, 2011
  3. Origin of Life: Critique of Early Stage Chemical Evolution Theories Institute for Creation Research, Duane Gish, Ph.D, Acts & Facts, Jan 1, 1976
  4. What Will Artificial Life Demonstrate?by Frank Sherwin, M.A., Acts & Facts September 4th, 2009

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