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Apologetics Press :: In the News

“Primordial Soup” Down the Drain—After 80 Years
by Kyle Butt, M.A.
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For 80 years—two generations—the majority of biology textbooks have propagated the lie that life spontaneously arose in a “primordial soup” near the surface of the ocean. Creationists who have not been duped by the evolutionary hype have pointed out for just as long that not only is the spontaneous generation of life biologically impossible, but the “chemical soup” theory is demonstrably false. Finally, after almost a century, the scientific community has admitted that the chemical soup theory cannot be correct. Nick Lane, from University College London, stated: “Textbooks have it that life arose from organic soup and that the first cells grew by fermenting these organics to generate energy in the form of ATP. We provide a new perspective on why that old and familiar view won’t work at all” (as quoted in “New Research...,” 2010, emp. added).

In 1929, J.B.S. Haldane proposed that UV radiation “provided the energy to convert methane, ammonia and water into the first organic compounds in the oceans of the early earth. However, critics of the soup theory point out that there is no sustained driving force to make anything react; and without an energy source, life as we know it can’t exist” (2010). So, with a simple wave of the hand, 80 years of evolutionary indoctrination is dismissed without so much as tinge of guilt about misleading two generations of children and adults. What is even more remarkable, and heartbreaking, is that the “primordial soup” idea is being replaced with another scenario that is equally flawed and biologically impossible. According to the “latest research,” life arose in deep-ocean hydrothermal vents. Yet the “hydrothermal vent” theory has just as many defects and errors inherent in it as the “primordial soup” idea.

If history is any indication of what will happen, we can expect to see the “primordial soup” idea remain in textbooks for several more years. Slowly but surely, over the next several decades, it will be replaced with the “hydrothermal vent” theory (or some other that might pop up). After years of indoctrination, the vent theory will be replaced by another, equally implausible scenario that allegedly explains how life spontaneously generated from non-living chemicals millions of years ago. This perpetual cycle of theory replacing theory will continue ad nauseam. The only thing that can stop this vicious, destructive cycle is for the scientific community to admit that spontaneous generation is biologically impossible—a fact that has been verified by every relevant biological experiment for the past 160 years (Lyons, 2009).

Yet, if they admit this truth, they are faced with the reality that George Wald so concisely stated more than 50 years ago, when he said that the only alternative to spontaneous generation is “to believe in a single primary act of supernatural creation. There is no third position” (Wald, 1954, 191[2]:46). How many times must the evolutionary community admit to indoctrinating millions of children for decades with false ideas before we demand that they be held accountable?

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth” is a statement that has been preserved for 3,500 years. To this date not a single scientific discovery has invalidated the statement. How high must the stack of outdated, error-laden, evolutionary-based science textbooks reach before society returns to truths found in the only book that “shall not pass away” (Mark 13:31)?


Lyons, Eric (2009), “Where Did Life Come From?”, [On-line], URL:

“New Research Rejects 80-Year Theory of ‘Primordial Soup’ as the Origin of Life” (2010), ScienceDaily, February 3,[On-line], URL:

Wald, George (1954), “The Origin of Life,” Scientific American, 191[2]:44-53, August.

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