Guest Post – Life’s Origin: Probable or Improbable?

Science and Belief

899px-The_Blue_Marble The blue marble, NASA

Are we alone in the universe? Is there alien life out there somewhere? These are questions that have long intrigued humankind. Answers have ranged from the optimistic postulate by Frank Drake forty years ago of more than 1,000 civilizations in our galaxy alone to the much more pessimistic opinion of the astrobiologists, Ward and Brownlee, in 2000 that complex life may be extremely rare in the universe at large. Whereas the latter authors contend that intelligent life may be scarce, they express the belief that simple (microbial) life is abundant in the universe.

The likelihood of simple life being widespread depends, of course, on the probability of life’s origin. On this question there is again a wide range of opinion among scientists. Ward and Brownlee believe that life’s origin on Earth was highly probable and microbial life is common in the universe because it occurred so…

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About djwimago

First and foremost, I became a committed follower of Jesus Christ in 1976, previously having had ‘strong leftish/ atheistic tendencies’. I have been in Christian leadership in various positions: An elder (eleven years) at Bournemouth Community Church with oversight for mission and apologetics; a deacon at Lansdowne Church Bournemouth (nine years) --working with international students and co-leading the Young People's Work [then YPF] with my wife Jackie. I was a founder director of the International Training Network, Bournemouth, training centre for the teachers of English as a foreign language and the principal/director [1996-2010] of the Christian English Language Centre in Bournemouth and Christchurch, England. Since December 2014 my wife and I have been attending St Mary's Church Ferndown, where we are seeking to use our gifts for the Mission of Christ. Publications: I am the joint author (along with Rosemary Griffiths) of a book entitled ‘Walls that Divide’, which is due to be revised/re-edited. I have recently (January 2016) published an edited version of my MRes thesis--published under the title: 'Beyond Eden:God, Evolution and The problem of Evil. PS. It is a 'work in progress'... My ‘academic’ background includes forays into the world of: Sociology, Theology, Philosophy,English-Language pedagogy,linguistics and Philosophical Theology in The Open University, The University of Sheffield, Canterbury Christchurch University/Trinity College, Newburg USA, and The University of Exeter. On a more personal note: I’ve been married since September 1963 [one of God’s miracles] and have four [grown] children and nine grandchildren — the latest born in 2015. Four of the grandkids live 'with their parents' in Australia. There are also two great-grandchildren.

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