The materialist view of the origins of life is one of those things that looks okay from a high-level, blurry view, but which turns utterly absurd once you examine it closer. Or perhaps not even that; just when you phrase it correctly.
It seems to be that a chemical reaction became self-perpetuating and everything that’s happened since is that same reaction seeking to perpetuate itself.
How does a chemical reaction have desire?
No matter how you slice it, sooner or later you have to introduce the idea of volition into the story of life. And I really don’t see how you can make out that a chemical reaction can ever have developed volition, so that it actively seeks out the means to keep itself going. Between the blind reaction of, say, combustion and something with the intention to perpetuate itself there is an absolute, categorical gulf.
(And I mean, the very existence of DNA is a stumbling block, quite apart from anything else; how does an information storage system develop accidentally?)