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By Fazale Rana / Baker / 2011
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Each year brings to light new scientific discoveries that have the power to either test our faith or strengthen it—most recently the news that scientists have created artificial life forms in the laboratory. If humans can create life, what does that mean for the creation story found in Scripture?
Biochemist and Christian apologist Fazale Rana, for one, isn’t worried. In Creating Life in the Lab, he details the fascinating quest for synthetic life and argues convincingly that when scientists succeed in creating life in the lab, they will unwittingly undermine the evolutionary explanation for the origin of life, demonstrating instead that undirected chemical processes cannot produce a living entity.
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Like it or not, a brave new world replete with synthetic biology is now upon us. Rana’s book will equip lovers of the truth to think Christianly in defense of that which corresponds to reality.
—Hank Hanegraaff, president, Christian Research Institute
Beautifully details how intelligent divine planning—rather than unguided naturalistic processes—best explains the emergence of first life.
—Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University
As Fazale Rana puts it in his significant new contribution to the growing literature on synthetic biology, to generate, sustain, and manipulate a living entity requires the intense involvement of highly intelligent beings. Rana’s analysis is achieved with clarity and scientific rigor.
—Kenneth Boa, president, Reflections Ministries
An excellent resource for understanding in detail current developments in synthetic biology and origin-of-life research.
—Vern S. Poythress, professor of New Testament interpretation, Westminster Theological Seminary