Current research assumes that life’s origin must be a fully natural event, whether it occurs due to an as-yet-unknown law of nature or by chance.
Yes, RNA theorists admit, there are difficulties. The very same people who called RNA world “the molecular biologist’s dream” also called it “the prebiotic chemist’s nightmare.”
We are told that theories in science should be beautiful, and chance does offer a sort of bleak, existential grandeur.
Law-based approaches to origin of life have been gaining ground, powered in large part by ambitious rhetoric.
Life is an experience that everyone has and thinks they can recognize. A quality we think is very important. Yet no one can define it.