Abiogenesis, of course, is not essential to evolution.YOU DON'T NEED TO RESPOND TO EVERY COMMENT, JUST TELL ME WHY YOUR LEAP OF FAITH IN ABIOGENESIS BEING POSSIBLE, IS ANY LESS A MATTER OF FAITH THAN MY FAITH IN A GOD.
But further - there is no "faith" required here. Scientists are looking for how it could have happened naturally. If they succeed, well and good.
Until you can provide an actual reason why the physics and chemistry preclude the possibility, then it remains physically possible. Therefore not a leap of faith, merely a valid avenue of scientific research.
You on the other hand have already made a leap of faith, pretending to know the answer to these questions by invoking your magical God.