Evolution Misconception #2 – The Origin of Life
Evolution is the study of the origin of life.
This is common misconception – that evolution talks about how life began.
A similar assertion is that evolution is about how life came from non-life.
Evolution is not about the origin of life, but how life changed after it appeared.
The study of the origin of life and/or how life arose from inorganic matter falls under the study of abiogenesis.
- the prefix a means ‘not’, like amoral (not moral), atypical (not typical), atheist (not a believer).
- bio means ‘life’
- genesis means ‘beginning’
So, abiogenesis means a non-life beginning.
The next time you read/hear the assertion that evolution is about the origin of life or that evolution teaches that life came from non-life, say to yourself and your children, “That is NOT evolution – that is abiogenesis.”