Hello Tyler and welcome to EvC. Is your question basically asking how life came from non-life? As the topic originator, do you plan on making a case for a Supreme Intelligence behind the design, a flat-out apologetic of God (through Jesus Christ) as Creator of all seen and unseen? Or do you want to approach this topic scientifically in the hope that some of these questions can be rationally tackled without resorting to Faith?
Feel free to edit your topic and revise the wording in the direction you want to go, so I will know which forum to put you in should you get promoted.
EvC is a place of learning and discussion. There are many educated people that post here. Then you have a few flakes like me who are unabashed believers. But we can challenge you too, should you lean towards Faith & Belief.
Just to clarify my position, ssope, I am a believer in GOD, Creator of all seen and unseen and in the Lordship and Deity of Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created. In other words, God created everything known and knowable by our minds through Himself...made known to us by the eternally living Christ. That being said, I also respect the science side of this forum. In my opinion, none...that's right... None of the Discovery Institute nor other so-called I.D. "scientists" have ever convinced me of anything that ordinary, educated secular science cannot nor has not. By nature, the I.D. argument is manipulative and stealthlike by design. It is dishonest. I will be moderating this topic and don't plan on participating as a member.