As we saw
before, when combining to form proteins, amino acids form
a special bond with one another called the peptide bond. A
water molecule is released during the formation of this peptide
This fact definitely refutes the evolutionist
explanation that primordial life originated in water, because,
according to the "Le Ch‚telier principle"
in chemistry, it is not possible for a reaction that releases
water (a condensation reaction) to take place in a hydrous
environment. The chances of this kind of a reaction happening
in a hydrate environment is said to "have the least probability
of occurring" of all chemical reactions.
Hence the ocean, which is
claimed to be where life began and amino acids originated,
is definitely not an appropriate setting for amino acids to
form proteins.262 On the other hand, it
would be irrational for evolutionists to change their minds
and claim that life originated on land, because the only environment
where amino acids could have been protected from ultraviolet
radiation is in the oceans and seas. On land, they would be
destroyed by ultraviolet rays. The Le Ch‚telier principle,
on the other hand, disproves the claim of the formation of
life in the sea. This is another dilemma confronting evolution.
Dickerson, "Chemical Evolution," Scientific American,
vol. 239:3, 1978, p. 75. Chemist Richard Dickerson explains
the reason for this in this way: "If polymeric chains of proteins
and nucleic acids are to be forged out of their precursor
monomers, a molecule of water must be removed at each link
in the chain. It is therefore hard to see how polymerization
could have proceeded in the aqueous environment of the primitive
ocean, since the presence of water favors depolymerization
rather than polymerization."