Water is necessary for all life on the earth, and evolutionists believe that life first evolved in water. However, water actually destroys evolving life due to hydrolysis. 1 This makes the evolution of life a paradox: life needs water to survive, but water breaks up evolving life.
Proteins are chains of amino acids linked together with peptide bonds (the covalent bond between a nitrogen atom of an amine group with the carbon atom of a carboxylic acid group.) A hydrolysis reaction occurs when water attacks (breaks) the peptide bond(s), turning the peptide back into its constituent amino acids. The production of the peptide is thermodynamically unfavored compared to its destruction (hydrolysis), by as much as 1,000 to 10,000 times. 2 Therefore, without the presence of special enzymes to act as catalysts, peptides could never form appreciably in the first place: their destruction by hydrolysis would occur over 1,000 times more quickly than their formation!
The thermodynamic problems of peptide formation is made even more acute when one realizes that the required catalysts are themselves made of proteins, which are long chains of peptides! Even if we assume that life did not evolve in water, we still have a problem, because the condensation reaction joining amino acids to form peptides produces water as a byproduct, encouraging its own destruction through hydrolysis.
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Williams, A., & Hartnett, J. W. (2005). Dismantling the Big Bang: God's Universe Rediscovered. Green Forest, AR: Master Books.
- Williams and Harnett, 2005, p. 159 ↩
- http://dwb4.unl.edu/Chem/CHEM869K/CHEM869KLinks/www.bio.cmu.edu/Courses/03231/LecF99/Lec05/lec05.html, accessed 29 June 2014. ↩