“What the deuce is it to me?” he interrupted impatiently; “you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.” –Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
I think it is misusing science to use it to “learn about the universe.” It is not that what we perceive is fake; it is that our knowledge is derivative, not absolute. We cannot know anything in a final way, and must be sure our basis for knowledge is sound philosophically. We must be aware in scientific investigation that our knowledge is most likely false, and remain open to better paradigms and new data. Dogmatic science is bad science and even worse as religion.That is not the case with the Bible. We have a sound basis for knowledge, philosophically, if we stick with what it actually says, and we have faith that it is the word of God. There is no parallel to that in science.
“Experience by itself proves nothing. If a man doubts whether he is dreaming or waking, no experiment can solve his doubt, since every experiment may itself be part of the dream. Experience proves this, or that, or nothing, according to the preconceptions we bring to it.”
–C. S. Lewis
This is why science cannot answer anything in a final way, like where we came from or the age of the earth. Science can only be as accurate as the presuppositions it uses, and it cannot evaluate those presuppositions because they are the basis of its knowledge.
Models only work to some extent, and finally get to a point where they break down. For instance, the flat earth model even works to a limit of about six miles. Here is a URL for an experiment that showed the limit of the usefulness of the flat earth paradigm.
Yet, surveyors still use the flat earth model because it works in the limited range of their instuments. There is no need to make the instruments able to bend their line of sight along a curved path; the surveyor simply corrects for the errors that creep in over long distances, as if the earth were flat.
We cannot get overcommitted to a paradigm. The job of the scientist, as I see it, is to challenge the current paradigms and expand them, although he can use them like surveyors use the old flat earth paradigm to survey sections and even townships, even though it is known to not work on large scales, and needs correction.
The Geocentric Model works for all practical operations of humanity on earth, but it has been displaced by a heliocentric model for exploration of the solar system. It is a brilliant trick of the superincumbent nonhuman entities which the Bible warns us about, for it to have been generally accepted as a philosophy, sometimes stated as the “Copernican Principle” or “The Principle of Mediocrity.” This is stated as “There is nothing special about the earth.” This is an abandonment of science and acceptance of an atheistic religion.