The philosophical stakes were just too enormous. Materialism could not accept so massive a confirmation of Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning…”
Perhaps the publisher, Cambridge University Press, thought the title might help sales with a younger, hipper generation.
Cosmologists have come a long way since Edwin Hubble published that ratty looking plot of galaxy recession velocities versus distance.
In 1927, Belgian astronomer Georges Lemaître theorized that the universe began with a single explosion from a densely compacted state.