Membrane repair would have been necessary for the existence of the first cell. By what miracles did it arise?
Rob Stadler notes that the simplest existing single-celled organisms are far too sophisticated to have emerged through a blind process of prebiotic evolution.
Any progress toward life would be lost if a fully functional cell did not emerge within a reasonably short period of time.
Perhaps scientists fear that acceptance of this conclusion would open the door to the possibility (or the necessity) of a supernatural origin of life.
Materialist attempts to model the construction of hierarchical organization from the bottom up collapse into a heap of unanswered questions.