So, data are arriving from the BOSS measurements, and so far confirm the "concordance" model - a virtually flat universe and dark energy that acts like the cosmological constant in Einstein's field equations.
"It feels to me like we're inventing things to fit our observations akin to how we stuck to the idea of an earth centered system for so long"
The explanation which is supported by evidence is the correct one.
"The thing is that the way we currently explain it answers a lot of questions and allows us to do a lot of things that we otherwise wouldn't be able to do. So, you can't just go and throw out the current theories until something better comes along"
And since the current theories we have are supported by evidence, they will not be replaced. They may be expanded upon or modified in some fashion. Just because you've developed a tool to gather more/different evidence does not make the evidence that you've already collected invalid.
Most of that has already been said. I just wanted to reiterate and also subscribe for more legitimate discussion.
Many answers are still to be told, however we will not find them all.
Gen 1 does talk about science, however you have to have an understanding. Claiming its mythology is doing what you mentioned in your first post, taking what the given understanding is and applying it.
We are just inventing things to accomodate our ignorance, and so is saying Gen is mythology. Religion is just a hoax, but truth is consistent.
you're on the right track. The universe is older than we can dare to dream. It is farther than we will ever see in this life. good read, thanks.