In writing all of Tapestry, we try to maintain a focus on the main thing: Jesus Christ is the center point of an amazing story that God is still unfolding. His Word tells us all that we need to know in order to live godly lives. However, the Bible does not tell us everything about all aspects of God's plan, and there are things that God has hidden.
In the 1800's, scientists began to question a literal reading of the Genesis account of God's creation of the world in six days, based on observations of their world, and the cosmos. They raised hard questions, and earnest Christians disagree as to the best answers for them. We believe that there is no one, definitive response to the questions that Science has raised, but we do believe in the inerrancy of Scripture and the rights of parents to teach their children their view of the answer to this debatable topic.
Our discussion of the first few pages of Genesis in Tapestry Year 1, Week 4, focuses on what those chapters meant to the Israelites in the wilderness, and what they reveal about eternal questions: why there were problems in the lives of everyday people, specifically, the slaves of Israel. In Genesis, as these slaves heard it, God told them where they had come from and where they were going. We believe that every word of Genesis is true, and we believe God had a reason for inspiring Moses to commit it writing at the time that he did. We want students to hear it through Israelite ears, as if they were there in the desert when Moses retold the people the Creation story that had most probably been handed down orally for generations.
Genesis 1 speaks directly to urgent issues that affected the Israelites: why do we labor and suffer in bondage? Where is God when we suffer? Has God forgotten us? God needed these sons of Israel to understand that there was a plan from the start of time, and that God created them specially and loved them. He had to convey that the Israelites suffered because of sin, and that God had to punish sin, but he also reassured them that a Savior was coming and that a garden awaited them after that Savior should crush Satan's head and restore them to fellowship with Him. The questions about the age of the earth are modern ones, and don't belong to the ancient days. We do not want students to miss what was most important to those people at that time because of the modern "old earth/young earth" controversy that continues today.
Tapestry addresses Darwinism in Year 3 and the "Fundamentalist/Modernist Controversy" in Year 4. Studying these debates when they actually happened enables students to find out who rejected Scripture, why they rejected Scripture, and what happened when they did. We believe this gives students the foundation they need to enable them to come to conclusions which are well-founded, well-reasoned, and God-glorifying. The books that we recommend in Week 4 of Year 1 most predominantly adopt a young earth view, but this does not mean that we "teach" it. It means that the resources that we've chosen are the ones that we could locate that are the most directly connected with the Creation and the era of the Patriarchs. As always, you are encouraged to see what we've offered as suggestions for books and for discussions, and then substitute and amend our suggestions according to your own convictions on this topic.