chapter  5
Constructing "The Beginning"
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Constructing "The Beginning" The analysis in chapter 4 established that creationists are involved in a similar process of fact construction and argumentative legitimation as orthodox scientists. Like scientists (and other mundane reasoners), crea­ tionists are confronted with the problem of accounting for the existence in evolution of an alternative version of the way the world is. To resolve this, they adopt the classical asymmetrical accounting procedure defined by the conjunction of the empiricist and contingent repertoires-or, more broadly, the use of techniques designed to legitimize their version of reality and delegitimize the contrasting version(s) of evolution. Among the delegit­ imizing techniques creationists adopt are a range of moral arguments, which draw on the alternative field of discourse, Christianity. Using these, how­ ever, poses two further kinds of problem.