chapter  6
Science—Variation in Species
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Science-Variation in Species With chapter 5, the empirical analysis of creationism is completed. In this chapter, attention returns to the issues of a more theoretical nature raised in chapter 1. Accordingly, the focus of analysis shifts away from the writings of creationists to those of sociological theorists of modernity, and the issue of concern is not the rhetorics of science used by creation scientists, but those used by these sociologists-at least, insofar as these have a bearing on the relationship between science and the wider public. Thus, this chapter builds on the basic argument presented in chapter 1 concerning the rhetoric of rationalization widely employed within the corpus of texts that constitute contemporary sociology.