Original Research

The remarkable cell: Intelligently designed or by evolutionary process?

Mark Pretorius
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 34, No 1 | a708 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v34i1.708 | © 2013 Mark Pretorius | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 January 2012 | Published: 30 April 2013

About the author(s)

Mark Pretorius, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria; South African Theological Seminary, South Africa


The objective of this article was to deal with the challenging theme of the Origin of Life. Science has been arguing the when and how of the beginning of life for centuries. It is a subject which remains perplexing despite all the technological advances made in science. The first part of the article dealt with the idea of a universe and earth divinely created to sustain life. The second part dealt with the premise that the first life forms were the miraculous work of an intelligent designer, which is revealed by the sophisticated and intricate design of these first life forms. The article concluded with an explanation that these life forms are in stark contrast to the idea of a random Darwinian type evolution for life’s origin, frequently referred to as abiogenesis or spontaneous generation.


Science; Religion; Universe; Creation; Biology


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