They’re calling him the next Charles Darwin. Yet 33-year-old MIT professor Jeremy England’s big idea is that life can form, unbidden, from non-life. A religious Jew, he’s got sound science to support his ideas about the origin of life. Even some things we consider inanimate, like the chair you’re sitting in, may already be alive, he says. While evolution may explain our complex world, England’s work aims to explain the step that preceded all of it, in a crucible where the laws of nature and hand of God are inseparable.