Steinhardt is one of the most interesting and influential figures in cosmology. He was one of the original architects of inflationary cosmology.
Many materialists believe that the severe unlikelihood of the series of events required for the origin of life is not a serious problem.
The philosophical stakes were just too enormous. Materialism could not accept so massive a confirmation of Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning…”
Assume for a moment that there was some way to produce simple organic molecules on the early Earth.
There is a lot of culture and philosophy built into the Big Bang theory as we understand it.