I was there when Abbe Georges Lemaître first proposed this [Big Bang] theory. ... There is no rational reason to doubt that the universe has existed indefinitely, for an infinite time. .... It is only myth that attempts to say how the universe came to be, either four thousand or twenty billion years ago.
Quoted in A L Peratt, 'Dean of the Plasma Dissidents', Washington Times, supplement: The World and I (May 1988)