Not long ago some atheists took me to task for suggesting something so foolish as Richard Dawkins claiming that inanimate and inorganic molocules evolved. I then showed them this quote.
"The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved literally out of nothing - is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice."
Richard Dawkins, "The Ancestor's Tale"
So absurd is the concept that even these atheists said that regardless of how it looked, Dawkins must have meant something else. Well Dawkins is not alone.
A. G. Cairns-Smith thinks that descendants of ancient crystalline clay organisms may be all around us. He states: “Evolution did not start with the organic molecules that have now become universal to life: indeed I doubt whether the first organisms, even the first evolved organisms, had any organic molecules in them at all.” (Cairns-Smith, 107.)