Creating Life in the Lab: How New Discoveries in Synthetic Biology Make a Case for the Creator

Baker, 2011
ISBN: 9780801072093


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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Key Features

  • Details how intelligent divine planning explains the emergence of first life
  • Examines developments in synthetic biology through a Christian lens
  • Illustrates how current scientific discoveries point to creation and intelligent design


  • Waking Up in Frankenstein’s Dream
  • Life Is like Music
  • Blessed by a New Species
  • Treading in the Steps Already Marked
  • Becoming Acquainted with the Principals—and Principles
  • A Scientist’s Splendor
  • The Particulars of Life’s Formation
  • Conquering the Challenges
  • Promised Impossibilities
  • The Agony of Reflections
  • United by No Link
  • A Thousand Other Miseries
  • Persevere in Exile

Praise for the Print Edition

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

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About Fazale Rana

Fazale Rana is vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons To Believe. He is the author, with Hugh Ross, of Origins of Life and Who Was Adam?


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