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The Genesis of Life: A Pathway from Science to Faith by [Marshall, Alan]
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This work is a serious challenge to atheists like Richard Dawkins who seek meaning without God. The universe and life have a story to tell, and this book makes that story accessible to the lay person.

With fresh insight into the mystery of the origin of life, the essential point of the book is that all life is based on information. Just as a computer program infers the existence of a programmer, so the elegance and mind-boggling
complexity of DNA, and the biochemical machinery it creates, point to a
creative intelligence.

Who is this creator? The book suggests he is the one known in the Bible as “I AM who I AM”. The author seeks to lead the reader, assisted by scientific
evidence and a series of logical propositions, down a pathway to a deeper faith. How far that pathway is traveled is up to each reader to decide.

… a thoughtful and refreshingly unbiased work which uses scientific
principle to confirm faith-based explanation.

… This really is the most welcoming, comprehensive and comprehendible book on the subject I’ve ever read.

Jack Walton, Editorial Consultant, Xulon Press

Alan Marshall is a software developer, teacher and author with a degree in mathematics, and diplomas in education and computer science. He lives in Sydney, Australia where he ministers as an elder and lay preacher in his local church. His website on evidences for the Christian faith is

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Xulon Press (30 March 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE MAKES SENSE 19 March 2015
By William H. Smith Jr. - Published on
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The author deals with some heavy material but has developed it for an average audience. Well worth while reading and with a great bibliography!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 1 March 2015
By Heinrich Ferreira - Published on
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Of you want to read a good concise discussion of the origin of life and the universe this is the book for you. I enjoyed the book very much
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all the SRE teachers fielding questions about the dinosaurs and the Science teachers with questions about God 29 May 2014
By Peter Atkins - Published on
Did you know that Charles Darwin was a Christian? Or that, according to mathematical probabilities, Darwinian evolution is incapable of joining more than two proteins together, let alone the 10 required for any major process in a cell? I didn't before I read "The Genesis of Life". As an SRE teacher in a local high school (and a trained science teacher), it is important to me to treat both Christianity and Science with the respect they deserve. This book has helped me to do just that and has brought more thoroughness and sophistication to my classroom teaching. Where before I had an idea of what I thought about how it all fits together, now I am sure, and can explain it in terms that students will appreciate.
Christian Studies teachers and Science teachers will find this book helpful in finding the narrow road between atheistic evolutionism on the one hand and Christian literalism on the other. Science has discovered much about the origins of life and the universe, but it does not require us to throw out the Bible as an outdated idea. In this book, Alan carefully presents current scientific research, Christian thinking and the power of computer modelling to lead us all to consider carefully the implications of the design and complexity we now know exist in our world. Concise and very readable, it provides an excellent summary of where we find ourselves in this post-modern, post-Christian age. I challenge you to follow him on the journey from science to faith! Posted by Regina Atkins
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christianity and Science - for once not presented in opposition! 25 May 2014
By staircase84 - Published on
I have been a Christian for many years, but I have also been a lover of science for those same years. It has been a long and often frustrating process for me to work out how to acknowledge both as truth without losing the power of one over the other. The Genesis of Life does a lot of this hard work for you, and makes beautiful sense.
In some ways the book is a little like a trip back to high school - a refresher course on biology, geology, physics - but it was exciting to follow along the thought process and to make the same connections and conclusions alongside the author. There's enough technicality in the book to titillate my geeky side, and enough of God's passion to speak to me spiritually.
I'm sure there are other books which address the same general ideas, but this is the first I've read and I found it very helpful.
I'd recommend this book for anyone who has struggled with reconciling faith and science. I'd also recommend it to anyone who finds the whole spectrum of the sciences fascinating and just wants to hear a different perspective. Richard Dawkins and the like would have us believe there is only one possible conclusion to the questions raised by modern science; this book presents an alternative.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the story ends like a bad dream 14 October 2014
By R.J. VD DRAAY - Published on
An interesting read I came across the other day was this stimulating volume on the origins of life, entitled 'The Genesis of Life' by Alan Marshall. The subtitle - A pathway from science to faith - sums up the contents of this thought-provoking treatise.

Marshall looks at some of the prevailing scientific theories, and dissects them from his viewpoint as a believing scientist. The refreshing aspect to his narrative is that he doesn't blindly refute scientific reasoning as irrrelevant to faith, he brings his own analytical and scientific knowledge to bear and, in the process, seems to build an elegant bridge between two spheres of thought which, ultimately, should not be regarded as separate from each other at all.

Marshall respects both faith and religion and science and reason, and in a clear and concise way forges ahead to link them or, to re-link them. He quotes astrophysicist Robert Jastrow who says: "For the scientist who has lived by faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries."

I thoroughly recommend this outstanding contribution to that most intriguing conundrum of all, the origin of life itself..

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