Whether and how we choose to measure something has a big impact, which makers consciousness very difficult to just explain away.
The philosophical stakes were just too enormous. Materialism could not accept so massive a confirmation of Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning…”
In order to push this, he has to make some pretty big changes to our normal dictionary definition of what “nothing” means.
They were quite the sudden, unanticipated gift in the history of life.
If the model were plausible, the level of fine-tuning would represent even greater evidence of design than it was intended to avoid by removing the beginning.