Having read Darwin’s Black Box, a stunning examination of the critical failures of Darwin’s evolutionary theory that is held as the foundational truth of biological science today, I read this book with high expectations. Behe somehow found the scientific evidence for the holes in evolutionary theory and wrote about them in a way that was not stilted in the world of clinical studies that are part of my day to day bi-vocational work.

Behe somehow found the scientific evidence for the holes in evolutionary theory …

Mark Harrelson

I’ve found that often enough, the “next” for an author is either a rewrite or and extension of that prior piece, which is usually not as good. However, Behe, with the educational background that asserts his authority, turns the corner, and instead of focusing on “Black Box, Part 2,” he writes a spectacularly different book this time.

Since this review site is geared toward Apostolic theology and so forth, it behooves me to send a fair warning about this book. It is not specifically a “theology read,” nor is it Behe’s intentions to prove that God exists or that God was necessary for creation. The strength of the book is that it stands toe to toe with the world of evolutionary science and forces it to apply it’s own standards of the scientific process to evolutionary theory. Therein is it’s usefulness – it wins on the enemy’s battlefield using their sword to slice and dice the theory, and in the process establishes the borders of where evolution would have to stop as a scientific process. And those processes aren’t extensive and cannot account for life as we know it.  

Author: Michael Behe. Pages: 320. Publisher: Free Press

Behe’s work with the idea of scientific coherence is stunning (as an aside, coherence has become a driving force in Biblical studies for me). His work with the finely tuned universe is phenomenal. (For preachers, the illustrations contained in the book are worth reading even if you aren’t interested in apologetic’s). Perhaps it is better to get Darwin’s Black Box as a prequel to this book to help sculpt your thinking before this one; however, that is not necessary, either.

The Edge of Evolution happens to be one of the top three or four books for me this year. It deserves 5/5 stars and should be read thoroughly. Additionally, it is beneficial to have a decent grasp of evolutionary science before diving too far into Behe’s work. Thankfully there are multiple resources to help refresh one’s understanding of the basics of evolutionary science. Bottom line: Behe does a masterful job of doing what he set out to do.