The Genesis of Life

Author: Alan Marshall

My book on science and faith was published in March, 2014. Copies are available at the back of the church. Here is a summary from the back cover:


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. Providing 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 qualifications in mathematics, 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


2 replies
  1. Regina Atkins
    Regina Atkins says:

    Did you know that Charles Darwin believed in God? 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!

  2. Esther Laub
    Esther Laub says:

    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.

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