This is a subject on which materialists are largely silent, and with good reason.
A fundamental hurdle facing all origin-of-life theories is the fact that the first cell must have had a free energy far greater than its chemical precursors.
Popular articles on origin-of-life research often portray the field as constantly advancing and quickly converging on a purely materialistic explanation for the first cell.
The nearly 400 enthusiastic attendees included many students, teachers, and a number of college faculty.
On a trip to Northeast campuses, I had the privilege of speaking to students about the evidence for design in nature.