According to the evolutionist Gary S Hurd:
However, faced with mounting evidence in support of evolutionary biology coming from scientific fields from genetics to paleontology, the origin of life has become an obsession with creationists who assert that science’s failure to create life de novo is “proof” of supernatural creation…
Do we know how life originated on earth? No. Is every one of the innumerable chemical and geological events that led to the origin of life preserved? No. Is this “proof” of a supernatural origin of life? No. Nevertheless, the origin of life will be the last refuge for “God of the gaps” arguments in decades to come.
But that came across as thinly-veiled rhetoric. It assumed that abiogenesis is true, and invoked red herrings to avoid its own scientific shortfalls.
Instead, Peter M. Murphy made a better view of the situation, when discussing a conference called Open Questions on the Origin of Life [OQOL]:
For example, the OQOL of ‘where did life begin?’ attracts advocates for deep-sea thermal vents, extraterrestrial sources (panspermia), and Darwin’s ‘warm little pond’. Each group provides valuable and valid critiques of their rivals.
Creationists should wisely use all these criticisms to leave no credible abiogenesis scheme. Since divine creation did not proceed through a long evolutionary history of intermediate chemical and biochemical transitions toward living creatures, all naturalistic explanations for the OoL [origin of life] will ultimately be proven untrue by the standard of being consistent with known scientific laws.
- Hurd, G. (2007). “Review: Origins of Life” in Reports of the National Center for Science Education. Available https://ncse.com/library-resource/review-origins-life. Last accessed 5th Sep 2016.
- Murphy, P. M. (2014). Open questions on the Origin of Life in 2014. Creation Ministries International. Available http://creation.com/origin-of-life-questions. Last accessed 5th Sep 2016.