Bruno was not executed for his view that we live in a vast universe with vast numbers of planets.
Natural selection is not, after all, the one natural process in the universe that can make nature run backward.
Bill Nye recently dusted off this old saw, but the Old Testament itself, in the Psalms, depicts man and the Earth as tiny in compared to a vast universe.
Many leading scientists of the day realized the implication of the cosmic expansion — there was a beginning!
Atheists say people in the Western tradition had to wait for modern science to grasp that the universe was huge, and had to shed historic Judeo-Christian views to do so.