Twenty years ago, biochemist Michael Behe sparked a revolution with his bestselling book, Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. Today, a growing number of scientists reject materialistic Darwinism and embrace some or all of intelligent design theory. Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machine is a documentary film released on September 12 telling the story of how one scientist sparked a modern scientific reformation and forever changed the debate over evolution. Best of all, Revolutionary is available for free online at www.revolutionarybehe.com.
Revolutionary documents the beginning of the intelligent design movement and the ongoing debate between Darwin’s theory and design. While the questions Behe raised about the sufficiency of neo-Darwinian processes brought down a firestorm of opposition among dogmatic darwinists, they could not be ignored and are being taken up both among scientists wishing to maintain the hegemony of Darwinism and those who are more openminded.
The “black box” Behe was referring to in Darwin’s Black Box is the biological cell. All living things are composed of cells and Charles Darwin had no way of understanding what goes on inside them. To Darwin, cells were a black box. “The biology inside the box is really complex,” explains Stephen Meyer, philosopher of science and author of the New York Times bestseller, Darwin’s Doubt. “And it’s integrated and functional complexity that requires some kind of an explanation, and I think just by highlighting that Mike has reframed the debate in a way that I think has changed the way that people think about biology in the 21st century.”
Even though the intelligent design that academics like Meyer and Behe argue for is not the same thing as biblical creationism, Seventh-day Adventists and other Bible-believing Christians are liberated by our understanding of the creation to consider intelligent design in an unbiased way. The constraint of naturalism, which denies all explanations that are not “natural,” doesn’t dictate how biblical Christians think about nature. The Bible records God’s actions in the world, and God is supernatural. In addition, the Bible encourages believers to look at nature as an example of God’s handiwork. For example, Psalm 111:2 encourages Christians to take pleasure in God’s works while Paul, in Romans 1:20, warns against denying the evidence in the creation of God’s power and authority.
Scientists like Dr. Behe, who have demonstrated the courage to question both their own beliefs and those of the establishment as they follow the evidence where it leads are an example worth taking careful note of. Revolutionary reveals how this Lehigh University professor examined the cell and first began questioning whether Darwinian evolution could account for molecular machines. Could these tiny integrated systems be built through gradual random changes? Behe thought not and reasoned that they were “irreducibly complex”. But he is not alone, in Revolutionary, we learn about how paleontologist Gunter Bechly, microbiologist Scott Minnich, and protein chemist Douglas Axe came to the same conclusion.
Revolutionary also sets straight the story of the Kitzmiller v. Dover case. Although opponents tried to silence Behe and his ideas in court, recent scientific discoveries have confirmed and extended his concept of irreducible complexity.
Visit http://www.revolutionarybehe.com to watch the entire documentary. The website also features information about Dr. Behe’s other research, other molecular machines and evidence for intelligent design, and the stories of other revolutionary scientists changing the evolutionary paradigm.