"For it is well known to all clear and correct thinkers who do not wish to deceive themselves, that this question, namely, whether the Universe has been created or is eternal, cannot be answered with mathematical certainty; here human intellect must pause. We shall have occasion to speak more fully on this subject, but for the present it may suffice to state that the philosophers have for the last three thousand years been continually divided on that question, as far as we can learn from their works and the records of their opinions."
-Maimonides, The Guide of the Perplexed, Part I, LXXI. (circa 1190 AD)
plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose